SES Gives Brazil Timetable for Filling Orbital Slots

SES Gives Brazil Timetable for Filling Orbital SlotsSatellite fleet operator SES of Luxembourg’s Brazilian affiliate has promised Brazil’s telecommunications regulator that the two orbital positions SES won at auction in May will be filled with satellites within four and six years.

Three months after it paid 59.8 million Brazilian reals ($27 million) for rights to 48 degrees and 64 degrees west at an auction managed by Brazil’s Anatel regulatory agency, SES DTH do Brasil agreed to place a satellite at the 48-degree slot within four years for fixed satellite services using Ku-, C- and Ka-bands.

At the 64 degrees position, SES has six years to develop a spacecraft for direct-to-home television services.

The company said that once the satellites are in orbit, it will have a 15-year operating license from Anatel, with the option to renew it for another 15 year.

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