Satnews Daily
December 31st, -0001

SES... An Inclination For Communications (SatCom)

[SatNews] Supplying capacity to a French startup for African services...

Global satellite operator SES S.A. (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) announced it has signed an agreement with YellowSat, a French start-up company that provides Internet connectivity to enterprises, governments and institutions in Africa. YellowSat is a new SES customer and the first to use inclined orbit capacity on NSS-703 at the spacecraft`s new orbital location of 47 degrees West. YellowSat assists customers by supplying satellite capacity and the necessary reception equipment to provide internet connectivity, telephony and video-surveillance to homes and businesses in remote locations. Inclined orbit capacity is capacity on a geosynchronous satellite that is no longer controlled in the north - south axis in order to prolong its commercially usable life. To use capacity on satellites in inclined orbit, one needs an antenna on the ground that follows the satellite's movement.

Thanks to a dedicated tracking device developed by YellowSat its customers can use this inclined capacity without having to purchase an auto-tracked antenna thereby providing a substantial investment savings to customers. This solution allows YellowSat to keep the costs of its satellite-based Internet solutions relatively low. As connectivity in large parts of Africa is challenging, this is an ideal solution for businesses, especially in regions with no or limited terrestrial infrastructure.