SES Expands Global Reach With New Deal In Equatorial Guinea And Extension Of Palau Deal
SES Networks has announced a partnership with the official governmental channel of Equatorial Guinea for satellite and online distribution as well as the extension of their satellite distribution deal with Palau Telecoms.
Both announcements further cement SES’s status as a global satellite operator and the first to deliver a differentiated and scalable GEO-MEO offering worldwide, with more than 60 satellites in orbit around the Earth.
TVGE International Extends Global Reach With SES/MX1 Distribution Partnership
TVGE International, Equatorial Guinea’s governmental channel, is partnering with SES and MX1 to deliver its content worldwide on both linear and non-linear platforms. TVGE International is a free-to-air, Spanish-speaking channel that offers local news, entertainment and cultural programs.
In the agreement announced by SES/MX1, TVGE International will use satellite capacity to broadcast its 24/7 channel across Africa, Europe and the Americas.
In addition, SES’s wholly-owned subsidiary MX1 will provide video-on-demand (VOD) services and web applications. The non-linear distribution service, which will be the first of its kind in Equatorial Guinea, will enable viewers across the world to stream the channel live on the TVGE website or watch its programs on their phones via a dedicated app.
“This agreement with TVGE International illustrates perfectly how the combination of SES’s reach and MX1 services is the ideal package to enable our customers to reach their viewers across the world, on any device, anytime, anywhere,” says Clint Brown, Vice President, Sales and Market Development for Africa, SES Video.
“This partnership confirms SES’s leading role as a provider of TV broadcasting infrastructure in Africa and driver of global digitization.”
“We are very pleased to rely on SES and MX1 to distribute our channel across the world,” says His Excellency Eugenio Nse Obiang, Equatorial Guinea Minister of Information Press and Radio.
“We are entering a new phase in video delivery as our content will now be distributed not only on linear TV but also on non-linear platforms, which for us is key to make sure we continue to reach our audience and meet evolving viewing habits. SES and MX1 are the ideal partners to achieve that goal in an efficient manner.”
Palau Telecoms Customers To Continue Being ‘Always On’ With SES Extension
Customers of Palau’s local internet services provider Palau Telecoms will continue to enjoy enhanced and reliable fibre-like connectivity delivered by SES Networks.
SES announced that Palau Telecoms, which has been in a deal with since 2014, will be extending its contract until 2020 and increasing the amount of medium earth orbit (MEO) connectivity by 150%.
A long-term customer of SES Networks, Palau Telecoms is utilizing their existing MEO service to augment fibre capacity, providing an ‘always on’ service to its customers. This enhanced, robust infrastructure provides a solid foundation for their 4G implementation plans, giving their end users the quality experience they demand regardless of their location.
“Since we first initiated service with SES Networks, we have seen a tremendous uptick in demand for fast, reliable internet,” says Sam Masang, President of Palau Telecoms.
“Now more than ever people expect to be able to access online services such as ecommerce sites and video calling applications at any time. We’ve been extremely impressed by the O3b fleet capabilities, and look forward to providing services for even more Palau residents in the coming years.”
“At SES Networks, our top priority is working with our customers to create unique and cost-effective solutions that help bridge the digital divide in areas that lie beyond the reach of traditional connectivity options,” says Imran Malik, Vice President, Fixed Data, Asia-Pacific at SES Networks.
“We are incredibly proud that through our continued partnership, and ongoing efforts, we are making an impact on social and economic development in Palau.”