News | September 4, 2018

The SES-14 Satellite Enters Service To Cover The American Continent

The geostationary satellite of SES, with its high performance capacity and broad beams, will capture attractive growth opportunities in the maritime, aeronautical and video markets throughout the Americas.

Luxembourg - ( BUSINESS WIRE ) - SES announced today that the high power satellite SES-14, which is located in the orbital position 47.5 degrees west, already serves Latin America, the Caribbean, North America, the North Atlantic and West Africa.

The satellite is fully electric and has broad-beam coverage in both C-band and Ku-band, as well as high-performance Ku-band spot beam coverage. SES-14 is the second hybrid satellite of SES that operates for the American continent, the first one being SES-15.

The broad beams in C-band and Ku-band, in addition to the high-performance capacity of the SES-14, serve several markets. The satellite is expanding the reach of SES 'second cable operator community in Latin America, also offering new capacity for DTH (Direct-To-Home) platforms. In addition, it provides greater high-speed connectivity to the dynamic aeronautical market and other intensive traffic applications in the maritime and backhaul markets of cellular networks.

The satellite also carries a payload for NASA's Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) mission. The GOLD mission will offer unprecedented images of the Earth's upper atmosphere from the geostationary orbit. Thanks to this, scientists will be able to deepen their understanding of the border between Earth and space.

The satellite SES-14, in the position of 47.5 degrees west, replaces and increases the services currently offered through the satellite NSS-806. The license to operate in this Brazilian orbital position was the result of the successful participation of SES in a spectra auction held in 2014.

Martin Halliwell, Chief Technology Officer of SES, commented: "Thanks to the Airbus, Arianespace and SES teams, the SES-14 is able to fulfill its planned satellite mission, which is to bring TV content with better image quality to people. throughout Latin America, in addition to providing high-speed broadband services to passengers of airlines that cross the skies by routes of the American continent and the North Atlantic. The companies and communities that are in the region will also be able to access the reliable connectivity offered by the SES-14. The SES-14 satellite is fundamental for the future growth trajectory of SES, and is part of our continuous strategy.

The launch of SES-14 was carried out aboard an Ariane 5 rocket from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana. The construction of the SES-14, an all-electric satellite, was in charge of Airbus Defense and Space. The satellite also has a transparent digital processor that increases the flexibility of the payload and will offer connectivity solutions tailored for SES customers.

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SES, the leading satellite operator worldwide, has more than 70 satellites in two different orbits: the geostationary orbit (Geostationary Orbit, GEO) and the medium Earth Orbit (MEO). The company offers video distribution and data connectivity services globally for a wide range of customers, through two business units: SES Video and SES Networks. SES Video reaches more than 351 million households with TV from all over the world, through direct reception (Direct-to-Home, DTH) and cable platforms, terrestrial networks and IPTV. The portfolio of SES Video includes MX1, a leading provider of media services that offers a full range of innovative solutions, for both linear and digital distribution, and the ASTRA satellite system, which has the largest DTH television range in Europe. SES Networks offers managed data services worldwide, which connect people in a variety of areas, including telecommunications, the maritime, aeronautical and energy sectors, as well as governments and institutions around the world. The SES Networks portfolio includes GovSat, a 50/50 public-private partnership between SES and the government of Luxembourg, and O3b, the only non-geostationary system that currently offers broadband services equivalent to fiber. optics. For more information, visit: SES Networks offers managed data services worldwide, which connect people in a variety of areas, including telecommunications, the maritime, aeronautical and energy sectors, as well as governments and institutions around the world. The SES Networks portfolio includes GovSat, a 50/50 public-private partnership between SES and the government of Luxembourg, and O3b, the only non-geostationary system that currently offers broadband services equivalent to fiber. optics. For more information, visit: SES Networks offers managed data services worldwide, which connect people in a variety of areas, including telecommunications, the maritime, aeronautical and energy sectors, as well as governments and institutions around the world. The SES Networks portfolio includes GovSat, a 50/50 public-private partnership between SES and the government of Luxembourg, and O3b, the only non-geostationary system that currently offers broadband services equivalent to fiber. optics. For more information, visit: as well as governments and institutions around the world. The SES Networks portfolio includes GovSat, a 50/50 public-private partnership between SES and the government of Luxembourg, and O3b, the only non-geostationary system that currently offers broadband services equivalent to fiber. optics. For more information, visit: as well as governments and institutions around the world. The SES Networks portfolio includes GovSat, a 50/50 public-private partnership between SES and the government of Luxembourg, and O3b, the only non-geostationary system that currently offers broadband services equivalent to fiber. optics. For more information, visit: www.ses.com.

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