Satellite operator SES (NYSE Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG), announced today the kickoff of annual training for the Andean Community as part of the company’s stated goal of providing worldwide training to broadcast communities in regions of the world where SES operates. SES-10 is a new Ku-band satellite slated to launch in 2016 and will use the 67 degrees West orbital slot to provide coverage to Latin America and the Caribbean, including the Andean Community nations of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru). SES is a satellite operator with a fleet of more than 50 geostationary satellites providing communications services to broadcasters, content and internet service providers, mobile and fixed network operators and business and governmental organizations worldwide. SES holds a participation in O3b Networks, a satellite based internet trunking provider.
According to SES, the specifically designed beam of SES-10, combined with its optimum elevation angle, represents a unique proposition for the Andean Community’s telecommunications operators, broadcasters and service providers. A total of 15 delegates from the community, representing each member state, and the General Secretariat of the Andean Community, arrived at the SES headquarters in Betzdorf, Luxembourg, today for the five-day training session.
“The training will enable member countries of the Andean Community to optimize SES-10’s coverage,” said Gerhard Bethscheider, Managing Director at SES Techcom Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES which is in charge of the training. “By interacting directly with our experts, the delegates will develop their knowledge and gain a deep insight into the workings of a satellite. These sessions will also open the doors for potential future partnerships between the Andean Community and SES in areas like disaster response communications and e-health.”
As with the first training held last September, the new group of participants will start with an introductory overview of the satellite communications industry and then be taken through a series of sessions that cover the lifecycle of a satellite.
Technical, operational, business and regulatory matters will all be covered. Participants will conclude the training with a hands-on exercise, where they will apply their newly-acquired knowledge to design a value proposition and business model for a satellite network.
“We pride ourselves on going beyond the technical provision of satellite capacity to enable our customers and their end-users to utilize our technology, bringing social and economic benefits to both the Andean Community and Latin America,” added Bethscheider. “This is one of a number of sessions we plan to host in the near future to bring together broadcast communities in different corners of the world and help grow our ecosystem.”
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