SES and MagtiSat Mark First-Year Partnership with New Capacity Deal
TBILISI, Georgia & LUXEMBOURG -- January 24, 2013
SES (Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG) announced today that Georgian mobile and
telecommunication company MagtiCom signed an agreement for a fourth
transponder at the ASTRA 31.5 degrees East orbital position after the first
year of operations of MagtiSat, Georgia's first domestic direct-to-home (DTH)
MagtiSat will utilise the four SES transponders to offer up to 100 popular
Georgian and foreign digital TV channels, including high-definition (HD)
channels, to its 40,000 customers throughout the country. The operator is
broadcasting in DVB-S2 standard and MPEG-4 encoding.
The 31.5 degrees East orbital position offers excellent growth opportunities
for broadcasters in Central Eastern Europe and can accommodate the rising
demand for SD and HD services in the region.
Lars P. Reichelt, General Director for MagtiCom, said, “Our goal is to provide
Georgian customers with world-class satellite TV across the country. MagtiSat
is now firmly entrenched in the TV landscape of Georgia and we are delighted
by the excellent customer feedback. MagtiSat has helped accelerate Georgia’s
switchover to digital TV broadcasting.”
“We would like to congratulate our partner MagtiCom on setting the benchmark
for DTH business in the region in its successful first year of operations,”
said Norbert Hölzle, Senior Vice President, Commercial, Europe, for SES.
“MagtiCom's expertise in delivering telecom solutions and SES' wealth of
knowledge in providing excellent satellite TV signals have proven to be vital
in enabling TV audiences across Georgia to enjoy high-quality satellite
television channels. We will capitalise on these strengths and continue to
deliver more channels to the region in the coming years.”
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