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SES Adds Third Satellite from Thales Alenia Space to Extend Services across Europe, Africa and Asia

SES | March 28, 2022

SES announced it has ordered SES-26 a fully software-defined geostationary (GEO) satellite from Thales Alenia Space, joint venture between Thales (67 %) and Leonardo (33 %). SES-26 will maintain and expand the wide range of content delivery and connectivity services to broadcasters, media companies, telco operators, internet service providers and governmental organisations across Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia-Pacific.

The digital satellite with both Ku-band and C-band frequencies will replace SES’s NSS-12 satellite at 57 degrees East, one of SES’s longest-held and most valuable orbital positions. From this key location at the crossroads of Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, SES will continue to deliver content and connectivity solutions to some of the world's fastest-growing markets.

Facilitating connections from the heart of Europe across Africa and the Middle East, SES-26 will be an important platform to support government communications solutions in the region and is synergic with the company’s recently-announced definitive agreement for the acquisition of DRS GES. The position is also home to the Ethiosat platform, a diverse free to air neighborhood supporting a growing community of 10 million TV households across Ethiopia

The order forms part of a three-satellite commitment to Thales Alenia Space and incorporates two satellites that will be deployed at SES’s first and most important orbital location, 19.2 degrees East from which SES serves 118 million TV households across Europe. Underlining its philosophy of sustainable innovation and its commitment to the European space industry, SES is the first commercial customer for Thales Alenia Space’s Space Inspire (INstant SPace In-orbit REconfiguration), an innovative product line allowing seamless telecommunication mission and services reconfiguration, instant in-orbit adjustment to the demand and outstanding flexibility for video broadcasting and broadband connectivity services.

For over 20 years, satellites at 57 degrees East have been at the centrepiece of our connectivity network bridging Europe to Africa, the Middle East and Asia. From broadcasting video content across Europe and Africa to delivering connectivity services for aviation, maritime and government, SES-26 underlines our commitment to the growth of our business and to our customers. We are delighted to work with our long-term partner Thales Alenia Space to push the boundaries of next-generation satellite capabilities and deliver the flexible innovation that enables us to stay ahead of our customers’ evolving needs.”

Steve Collar, CEO of SES

“We are honoured that SES has renewed its confidence in Thales Alenia Space and our Space Inspire software-defined solution. This new contract follows the recent order to build Astra 1P and Astra 1Q and strengthens the strong partnership between SES and Thales Alenia Space. Once again, I’m happy to share this new success with the French and European space agencies – CNES and ESA – who contributed to making it possible thanks to their support,” said Hervé Derrey, CEO of Thales Alenia Space.

The procurement of the satellite remains within SES's previously announced Capital Expenditure outlook for 2022-2026 and is fully compliant with the company’s financial policy.

About SES
SES has a bold vision to deliver amazing experiences everywhere on earth by distributing the highest quality video content and providing seamless connectivity around the world. As the leader in global content connectivity solutions, SES operates the world’s only multi-orbit constellation of satellites with the unique combination of global coverage and high performance, including the commercially-proven, low-latency Medium Earth Orbit O3b system. By leveraging a vast and intelligent, cloud-enabled network, SES is able to deliver high-quality connectivity solutions anywhere on land, at sea or in the air, and is a trusted partner to the world’s leading telecommunications companies, mobile network operators, governments, connectivity and cloud service providers, broadcasters, video platform operators and content owners. SES’s video network carries 8,400 channels and has an unparalleled reach of over 361 million households, delivering managed media services for both linear and non-linear content.

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The concept for this paper was launched over a summer lunch with Beth McLaughlin, the Supreme Court Administrator. We were discussing the University of Montana Study on the Future of Water in Montana with me concurring with the Study’s call for improved water right record systems – adding that the Water Court had not been able to take advantage of the Judicial Branch’s enterprise approach for court case management systems because of the Water Court’s unique case flow and dependency on the Department of Natural Resources central water rights database for many core processes. I offered to write this White Paper on Water Court Technology thinking my prior experience as the former Director of Court Technology for the Judicial Branch coupled with several years working on water right related projects with my husband, Jim Gilman, the former DNRC Water Adjudication Bureau Chief, might offer some insight on areas for water right record improvement and water court case processing. Attachment C provides a list of data sources and material referenced in writing this paper. I met briefly with Chief Water Judge Russell McElyea and his interest in the paper was clear – identify proven court technologies to make water court case processing more efficient and improve access to water court records. I met with Water Court staff to review high level business processes and was provided substantial background information from Sandy Palakovich the Water Court Administrator. It is clear the Water Court staff share Judge McElyea’s enthusiasm and vision for improving case management in the court. I spoke with Lisa Mader, Chief Information Officer, for the Judicial Branch. Lisa asked that the White Paper be sufficiently comprehensive for Court Technology Program staff to gain a better understanding of water right record systems, processes and technology needs.


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