SES reinforces LATAM's UltraHD satellite capacity
Juan Fernandez Gonzalez
| 07 November 2014
Brazil's National Telecoms Agency, Anatel, has given the green light for SES to use the 48º West orbital position for its NSS-806 satellite, which will provide HD and UltraHD direct-to-home (DTH) broadcasting capacity for Brazil and Latin America.

ses"The use of NSS-806 in the Brazilian and Latin American markets demonstrates SES´s commitment to the region. Although we have up to four years to start providing capacity from that position, we are now ready to begin supplying our customers and partners with capacity, thereby expanding opportunities in the region," said Jurandir Pitsch, director of SES DTH do Brasil.

NSS-806 provides C-band and Ku-band capacity and has 28 transponders available for use in Brazil. Together with SES-6, located at 40.5 º West, and SES-10, which is under construction and will in the future occupy the 67º West position, NSS-806 will enable television broadcasters to launch HD and UltraHD channels and allow telecom operators to improve mobile phone signals in remote areas.

"The demand for capacity in Latin America remains strong, and SES is fully committed to meeting that demand. The use of NSS-806 in Brazil will allow our customers to improve their services in Brazil and the other countries covered by the satellite," added Pitsch.

To expand the reception of signals, SES has also initiated an antenna programme for Brazilian cable operators, providing free antennas and know-how to those who are interested.

SES currently has 11 satellites operating at ten different orbital positions to cover Latin America, where DTH services are experiencing great growth and are leading the pay-TV industry. In 2016, the company expects to launch the SES-10 satellite, which is being manufactured by Airbus Defence & Space and is designed for dedicated service to the region.