Korea Telecom Uses 9 MHz of C-Band Capacity on the NSS-703 and NSS-12 Satellites of SES AMERICOM-NEW SKIES
KT Taps NSS-703 and NSS-12 Satellites of SES AMERICOM NEW SKIES
C-Band capacity to link Korea with Africa and the Middle East
SES AMERICOM-NEW SKIES, a division of SES S.A. (Paris:SESG – News)(LUxX:SESG) announced today at CommunicAsia in Singapore that Korea Telecom Corporation (KT) has signed a three-year capacity agreement for the use of up to 9 MHz of C-band capacity on the NSS-703 and NSS-12 satellites.
NSS-703 orbits at 57 degrees East while NSS-12 is scheduled to be launched into this orbital position in the third quarter of 2009. KT Corporation, Korea’s incumbent telecom operator, has deployed a dedicated 32 meter uplink antenna to access the new SES AMERICOM NEW SKIES satellite at its Earth Station in Boeun, Korea.
Mr. Chang, Sang Ku, Director of KT Corporation, said: “The coverage and power of the NSS satellites provide us with an excellent opportunity to help our Korean customers to connect to their operations in Africa and the Middle East through one single satellite hop.”
Elias Zaccack, Vice President of Sales Asia Pacific at SES AMERICOM-NEW SKIES added: “Our satellites have been specifically designed to support our customers’ connectivity needs in the target regions. NSS-12 with its cross-connectivity transponders is ideally suited to support our cross-regional requirements. We are pleased to add KT to the list of prestigious customers on NSS-12, a new satellite which will be practically fully booked when it launches.”
At the crossroads of three continents, NSS-703 at 57º East provides vital cross-connectivity for Europe, Africa and Asia. NSS-703 is ideal for video contribution from Europe to India and Africa, and is capable of bringing signals from London to India and Australia in one hop. NSS-703′s coverage includes a global beam, and two C-band hemispheric beams, which cover Africa and the triangle from the Middle East to Japan and Australia, including all of India and China.
The powerful, state-of-the-art NSS-12 satellite is under construction with Space Systems/Loral and will be available for commercial service in 2009, replacing NSS-703 at 57 degrees East. NSS-12 will cover virtually the entire Eastern Hemisphere and will bring increased capacity and transmission power to a key orbital location at the crossroads of Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia. The spacecraft features 40 C-band transponders and 48 Ku-band transponders with DTH power levels, as well as elaborate beam interconnectivity and C-/Ku-band cross-strapping.
About KT Corporation
KT, Korea’s top integrated wired/wireless communications service provider, has been Korea’s leader in the development of the information & communications business for more than 100 years. In the same time, it has helped turn Korea into an IT powerhouse with the world’s leading technology in the operation of broadband service. With the commercial launch of the world’s first mobile WIMAX service with the brand name, WiBro, KT is paving the way for U-Korea with ubiquitous infrastructure through which people can share information wherever they are.
About SES AMERICOM-NEW SKIES
SES AMERICOM-NEW SKIES is the newly combined SES division that brings together SES AMERICOM, the leading supplier of satellite services in the U.S., with the strategic global satellite services of SES NEW SKIES. SES AMERICOM-NEW SKIES is a global leader that serves broadcasters, cable programmers, telecommunications companies and networks, governments, aeronautical and maritime communications integrators, Internet service providers, and educational institutions with efficient communications and content distribution solutions. Recognized as a major innovator of advanced satellite communications services, the division operates a fleet of 25 satellites in key orbital positions capable of providing coverage and service throughout the Americas and around the world. SES AMERICOM-NEW SKIES also has six spacecraft under construction as well as global ground facilities. SES AMERICOM-NEW SKIES has offices in Princeton, The Hague, Washington, D.C., Johannesburg, Sao Paulo, Singapore, and Sydney. For more information visit www.ses-americom.com or www.ses-newskies.com.
SES (Paris:SESG – News)(LUxX:SESG) wholly owns the market-leading satellite operators SES ASTRA and SES AMERICOM-NEW SKIES as well as 90% of SES SIRIUS in Europe, and strategic participations in Ciel in Canada and QuetzSat in Mexico. SES provides outstanding satellite communications solutions via a global fleet of 40 satellites in 26 orbital locations. For further information: www.ses.com