Solaris to sue over S Band payload

Solaris Mobile, along with its shareholders Eutelsat Communications and SES Astra, has announced that following an investigation into its S band payload, it has been found that there are some significant issues over non-compliance with its original specifications.

Solaris Mobile is convinced that these issues offer enough grounds for the firm to claim for the full insured value of the payload and to that effect the insurance claim has already been filed.

The technical issues are bad enough to allow the company to seek compensation, but having done so it will be able to use certain elements of the payload, such as TV services through Ku Band.

However, the issues mean that it is able to provide some but not all of the planned services and thus will still comply with the commitment made to the EU according to the European Selection and Authorisation Process (ESAP).