Record Uptake for SES Occasional Use Satellite Capacity During US Elections

  Record Uptake for SES Occasional Use Satellite Capacity During US Elections

        16 SES satellites at the service of customers around the globe

Business Wire

LUXEMBOURG -- November 07, 2012

SES S.A. (Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG) today announced a record uptake of its
occasional use satellite capacity during the two-day US election period of
November 6 and 7.

SES customers including the EBU on behalf of Eurovision, Telenor, Arqiva,
Telemundo, Media Broadcast, NBC, CBS, CNN, PBS, Fox News, Encompass Digital
Media, CNBC, MSNBC and many others used 16 different SES satellites for an
approximate number of 1800 bookings in order to cover the US elections and to
dispatch reports to TV stations all over the world.

The SES satellites AMC-9, SES-1, AMC-1, and SES-2 were prime carriers of
election coverage in the Americas, as were ASTRA 3B, NSS-7, SES-4 and NSS-806
internationally. All available occasional use Ku-band capacity in the domestic
US arc was fully booked, and due to the enormous demand SES brought into use
an inclined orbit satellite, AMC-5, to help broadcasters who were unable to
find capacity at the last minute.

Samantha McCloskey, Vice-President Global Occasional Use at SES, commented:
“The demand for SES occasional use satellite capacity to cover the final
showdown between President Barak Obama and his challenger Mitt Romney was
phenomenal – and truly global! SES satellites carried live election coverage
across the world as we registered over 1500 individual accesses from TV
stations across the globe. I would like to thank our customers for entrusting
SES with their live coverage, as well as all SES staff who ensured flawless,
high-quality transmissions to every corner of the earth with more than 1,200
MHz of satellite capacity simultaneously in use for election coverage at one

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operators and business and governmental organisations worldwide.

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excellence in the broadcasting industry. The culturally diverse regional teams
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their specific satellite bandwidth and service requirements.

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