Telekom Serbia will now carry six TV channels and one radio station for Serbian public broadcaster RTS across Europe with the help of SES (Euronext Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG).
The six RTS channels, RTS Satelit, RTS Å½ivot, RTS Drama, RTS Kolo, RTS Trezor, RTS Muzika and one radio station, Radio Beograd, will be transmitted to cable network headends in Europe and will be available to several million Serbian expats across the region via a dedicated smart card which can be integrated into the viewers’ set-top box.
Telekom Serbia, a Serbian telecommunications company headquartered in Belgrade, will provide all ground services including satellite uplink, encoding and scrambling, and will rely on SES’s capacity on one of its ASTRA satellite positioned at 5 degrees East.
Martin Ornass-Kubacki, Vice President, Chief Regional Officer Central Eastern Europe, SES Video, SES’s newly-created business unit, said they have been working together with their partner Telekom Serbia for many years on various projects and this new agreement strengthens not only their presence in the market but also their long-standing cooperation. They are also very pleased that RTS has chosen their ASTRA satellite for the distribution of its channels to the Serbian audience across Europe.
Milutin Nikolic, Wholesale Director, Telekom Serbia commented that is their pleasure to have RTS on board. SES quality and professionalism, as well as their long-lasting partnership, were essential for closing such a deal and they look forward to serving RTS needs, together with SES, in the best possible way.