Satellite operator SES’s Q3 2014 Results

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In August 2014, SES announced the launch of a new digital TV platform for West Africa in association with Nigerian service provider Computer Warehouse Group (CWG) on the ASTRA 2F satellite at 28.2E. The independent and neutral TV platform will be Nigeria’s first free-to-air (FTA) DTH digital TV platform and provide broadcasters access to the millions of satellite homes in West Africa which are pointing their dishes to 28.2E. The platform provides end-to-end contribution, ground and space services to local, regional, national and international TV broadcasters across West Africa. SES will be providing the space segment and specific ground services, while CWG will be managing the teleport services as an SES partner teleport operator, providing high operational standards. The service started in September 2014. The 28.2E orbital position is SES's prime orbital position for West Africa, with FTA reach among the highest in the region.

Francophone markets in sub-Saharan Africa were also boosted, as a Lomé-based consortium of broadcasters, led by Africable and Media Plus, signed a multi-year contract for two transponders on SES-4 at 22W, SES’s prime orbital slot for Francophone sub-Saharan Africa, providing 100% audience reach. The capacity allows the new platform to deliver direct-to-home television across the region.  The roll-out began on 1 October 2014 across Mali, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Niger. The service offers a bouquet of 80 channels, free-to-air and encrypted, and allows countries in the footprint to meet the global digital migration deadline of June 2015.

Source: Company Press Release