New agreements utilize HTS capacity on SES’s newly announced spacecraft
LUXEMBOURG & WASHINGTON - Tuesday, March 17th 2015 [ME NewsWire]
(BUSINESS WIRE) -- Satellite operator SES S.A. (NYSE Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG) and Global Eagle Entertainment (“GEE”, Nasdaq: ENT), a worldwide leading provider of content, connectivity and digital media solutions to airlines, today announced they have signed important capacity deals for services on three SES satellites. These agreements are part of a strategic partnership to deliver in-flight connectivity and services to airline passengers around the world.
Under the latest agreements, GEE will utilize Ku-band wide beam and High Throughput Satellite (HTS) spot beam capacity aboard the SES-12, SES-14 and SES-15 satellites. The three spacecraft, currently under construction, are scheduled for launch in 2017.
SES-14 and SES-15 offer a complementary coverage over busy air travel routes across the Americas and North Atlantic regions, the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico, while SES-12 will serve the burgeoning aeronautical market across Asia and the Middle East. As GEE expands its services to new airlines and regions, it can quickly and seamlessly leverage capacity across the global SES fleet of more than 50 satellites.
“This new series of capacity agreements with SES represents an exciting milestone for GEE, as we continue to deliver the leading satellite connectivity solution to airlines around the world,” said Dave Davis, CEO of Global Eagle Entertainment. “Together with SES, our companies are driving the next phase of in-flight connectivity for our current and future airline customers. The HTS satellites, coupled with SES’s broad network, will enable a sophisticated user experience and the most reliable, high-quality content and global connectivity to airlines and their passengers traveling around the globe.”
“SES continues to make major investments in the expansion and innovation of our global satellite fleet. This helps to ensure that our high-powered spacecraft and coverage are tailored to meet the exciting growth in in-flight connectivity and other mobility markets around the world,” said Ferdinand Kayser, Chief Commercial Officer of SES. “Our collaborative work with GEE is aimed at enabling this in-flight connectivity solutions leader to go anywhere it wants to grow and innovate to meet the needs of airlines and the connectivity demands for passengers on the move.”
About SES-12, SES-14, and SES-15
SES-14 is a high-powered hybrid satellite with C- and Ku-band wide beam coverage and both Ku- and Ka-band High Throughput Satellite (HTS) coverage across the Americas and North Atlantic region. SES-15 will provide complementary coverage over North America, enabling SES to serve its leading aeronautical customers and serve other traffic intensive data applications such as government, VSAT networks and maritime. SES-12 will expand SES’s capabilities to provide Mobility and HTS data connectivity services in the Asia-Pacific region, along with direct-to-home (DTH) broadcasting and VSAT.
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SES (NYSE Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG) is the world-leading satellite operator with a fleet of more than 50 geostationary satellites. The company provides satellite communications services to broadcasters, content and internet service providers, mobile and fixed network operators and business and governmental organisations worldwide.
SES stands for long-lasting business relationships, high-quality service and excellence in the satellite industry. The culturally diverse regional teams of SES are located around the globe and work closely with customers to meet their specific satellite bandwidth and service requirements.
SES holds a participation in O3b Networks, a next generation satellite network combining the reach of satellite with the speed of fibre.
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About Global Eagle Entertainment
Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. (Nasdaq: ENT) is a worldwide provider of media content, technology, and connectivity solutions to the travel industry. Through the industry’s most comprehensive product and services platform, Global Eagle Entertainment provides airlines with a wide range of inflight solutions. These include Wi-Fi, movies, television, music, interactive software, as well as portable IFE solutions, content management services, e-commerce solutions and original content development. Serving over 150 airlines worldwide, Global Eagle Entertainment delivers exceptional quality and value to its customers to help them achieve their passenger experience objectives. The company’s headquarters are located in Los Angeles, California, with offices and teams located in North America, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Oceania and South America. Find out more at www.geemedia.com
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