SES has announced a contract with NewSpace India Ltd (NSIL) for 9 transponders on its SES-8 satellite.
SES-8 was launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in December 2013 to the 95 degrees East orbital slot. It has 33 Ku-band transponders so this nine transponder deal represents more than 25 percent of the satellite’s overall capacity. It has a 15-year design life and continues the role of NSS-6 in serving the India and Asian markets.
The nine transponder capacity agreement on SES-8 at 95 degrees East will be used to support India’s thriving direct-to-home (DTH) market.
Deepak Mathur, EVP/Sales at SES Video, commented: “Satellite TV and the programmes it brings hold a very important role for Indian TV viewers. We are honoured to be able to provide continued support and satellite capacity needed to support DTH operations in the country in collaboration with NSIL.”