Luxembourg / Amsterdam, September, 8, 2011 SES ASTRA, an SES company (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG), announced today that it has signed a long term DTH agreement with the Georgian mobile and telecommunication company MagtiCom on ASTRA's orbital position 31.5E.
Under the contract this will be the first domestic DTH platform in Georgia and in the Caucasus region. The platform will be in DVBS2 MPEG/4 and will allow MagtiCom to offer a comprehensive and a future proof competitive pay TV for the Georgian market including both SD and HDTV channels, also being able to extend its portfolio to offer triple play solution further down the road.
31.5°E is ASTRA’s latest orbital position that has a number of vivid advantages - excellent growth opportunities bringing ASTRA’s renowned service quality to new markets; a powerful DTH footprint that means small dish sizes; wide beam which allows extended connectivity; constant monitoring and customer support. On this orbital position ASTRA provides the following services: digital TV (standard & HDTV); radio; interactive TV; cable distribution; data services; DTT and other terrestrial feeds. All this makes orbital position 31.5E ideal platform to meet the rising demand for HDTV services in Central and Eastern Europe. The EU Diplomatic Community in Georgia has expressed great interest in the project.
As Ferdinand Kayser, Chief Commercial Officer said: “We are very proud to have signed this agreement with MagtiCom and thus creating the first domestic DTH platform in the Caucasus region. Our partner already has the leading position on a telecommunication market of Georgia and in the nearest future it will be the leading Pay TV operator with the technical solution for the platform”.
David Lee, the General Director of Magticom said: “Together with SES ASTRA we will accelerate the digitalization of Georgia. With the excellent satellite fleet and technical know-how of our partner we will provide the Georgian market with state-of-the-art digital television services. The DTH platform allows Georgian citizens to receive a Georgian Pay TV offer from satellite for the first time, a significant technological and social step forward for Georgia that will be closely observed both here and abroad.”
About SES ASTRA
SES ASTRA is the leading Direct-to-Home (DTH) satellite system in Europe. The satellite fleet currently comprises 17 satellites which deliver services to more than 135 million households and transmit more than 2,500 television and radio channels. SES ASTRA also provides satellite-based multimedia, Internet and telecommunication services to enterprises, governments and their agencies. With more than 200 high definition (HD) channels, ASTRA is the most important HDTV platform for Europe's leading broadcasters. The orbital positions for SES ASTRA are 19.2 degrees East, 28.2 degrees East, 23.5 degrees East, 5 degrees East and 31.5 degrees East. For further information: www.ses-astra.com.
SES (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) wholly owns the market-leading satellite operators SES ASTRA and SES WORLD SKIES and participations in Ciel in Canada and QuetzSat in Mexico, as well as a strategic participation in satellite infrastructure start-up O3b Networks. SES provides outstanding satellite communications solutions via a global fleet of 44 satellites. For further information: www.ses.com
MagtiCom provides top-quality mobile and fixed telecommunication services to all the regions of Georgia, including both voice and data. The telecommunications company MagtiCom Ltd was commercially launched in September 1997. At present the company is owned by Telcell Wireless LLC and ITC LLC.
The MagtiCom network covers over 98% of the populated territory of Georgia and serves more than 2 000 000 subscribers. MagtiCom commenced operations on the 900 MHz frequency band. In November 1999 MagtiCom became the first GSM operator in Georgia to move to the dual-band system – GSM 900/1800 MHz. In 2006 Magticom was the first operator in the Caucasus region who launched 3G services on its network. For more information about Magticom please visit: www.magticom.ge.