SES expands viewing number to 276 million homes worldwide

Satellite Services (SES), a world-leading satellite operator that delivers reliable and secure satellite communications solutions, is happy to announce that the company has dramatically boosted its reach by 17 million in 2012. Now, SES reaches 276 million homes worldwide.

The distinct growth is attributed to the increase in reach in Germany and India. SES in India witnessed a year-on-year gain of 7.5 million homes. Thanks to the high demand for two DTH platforms, Airtel Digital TV and Dish TV, they can now reach 25 million homes with SES satellites. The SES capacity in India is contracted through the Indian Space Research organization. The DTH market of India is steadily growing, with an average increase of more than 800,000 subscribers a month last year.

Europe now has an increased reach of 17%, with 85 million households receiving their signal from  satellites. Particularly, Germany contributed to this increase through the switch-off of the analogue satellite signals and the success of HD platform HD+.

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Inmarsat to introduce L-TAC L-band service for government users

British satellite telecommunications company Inmarsat made a recent announcement that the company will be extending its mobile tactical Beyond-Line-of-Sight (BLOS) communications to a wider range of new government users by taking advantage of the capabilities of Inmarsat’s L-band satellites.

The company is planning to launch L-TAC — a new L-band service aiming to provide ‘UHF-like’ tactical satellite capability for use with existing UHF tactical radios for approved government customers at a competitive price. The capability of the UHF tactical satellite is of high demand by government customers due to its suitability to create Beyond-Line-of-Sight, Push-to-Talk networks via tactical radios — either man portable or integrated in vehicles, helicopters, ships or other mobile platforms.

Inmarsat’s new service will help complement and expand the existing UHF tactical capacity of the company by using its Inmarsat-4 constellation of satellites. The constellations delivers this capability all over the world, at the same time supporting small antennas for BLOS communications on the move.

The British company also collaborated with Spectra Group to develop the Slingshot adaptor — a small antenna that takes the place of the existing UHF antenna on existing tactical military radios. Along with Slingshot, the L-TAC leased service of Inmarsat will enable users to lease the service for a fixed period of time, as short as one month.

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