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SES, Eutelsat collaborate on 28.5° East transition

October 4, 2013

By Colin Mann

Satellite operators SES and Eutelsat are working together to ensure a smooth transition of operations on frequencies at 28.5°E following the Tribunal decision that concluded the first phase of arbitration in September 2013 and a preliminary injunction which gives SES the rights to the disputed frequencies.

As of October 4th, SES is operating and Eutelsat has ceased operating on these frequencies. The transfer was successfully completed in the night of October 3rd-4th. All transponders using other frequency bands on Eutelsat 28A continue full operations.

Eutelsat advised that revenues from the disputed frequencies were expected to be approximately €20 million for the remainder of the fiscal year 2013-2014 and approximately €25 million for each of the two following years.

Eutelsat and SES are in discussions to find a solution regarding the subject matter of the arbitration. If necessary, Eutelsat will adjust the financial outlook published on July 30th 2013 once the outcome is known.

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