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July 30th, 2019

Forrester Reports: SES and Yahsat, Plus, Spacecom and AMOS-17

Chris Forrester.

Posted to the Advanced Television infosite is journalist Chris Forrrester's posting that SES is involved in a joint venture with Abu Dhabi’s Yahsat satellite operator on YahLive, which markets the pair’s DTH frequencies over the MENA and Asia regions from 52.5 degrees East.

YahLive has been in a period of “strategic review” for some time. That review has been finalized and SES stated that the enterprise has not met revenue and profit expectations. As a consequence, Yahlive’s sales and marketing efforts will be brought under SES control.

SES CEO Steve Collar admitted to analysts that achieving substantial revenue increases will be a challenge.  “This is more about bringing the kind of sales and go-to-market team within SES and aligning with the rest of our organization and the rest of our go-to-market. Don’t expect substantial increases in revenue and in fact, it’s definitely a challenging [market]. We built a really good neighborhood, a strong neighborhood, but revenue generation is lower than we would expect and this is part of a drive to both generate more revenue, more consistently with the way that we sell to all of our neighborhoods, but also drive cost out of business services.”

Sami Boustani, CEO at Yahlive, speaking some months ago, explained that it was time to take the operation to its next level. “For us, the shareholders, and what we have achieved in the market in terms of viewership is quite impressive.  When we talk about the Farsi market, and its population in excess of 140 million, and then the French Maghreb region where this past year we have been Number 1. Our shareholders have invested heavily to achieve the Number 1 position in terms of channels, exclusive channels and viewership, and the idea right now is to capitalize on these achievements and who might be out there to help take Yahlive to the next step.”

Additionally, Chris reports that Spacecom, which operates the Amos fleet of Israeli satellites will launch its next satellite, Amos-17, on August 3rd.

The satellite was built on a ‘fast track’ basis by Boeing and will be launched by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Amos-17 will operate from 17 degrees East.

Spacecom CEO and President, David Pollack, stated that Spacecom has long been the pioneering leader in providing international satellite communication services in Israel and worldwide. AMOS-17’s launch is a meaningful and strategic milestone that boosts Israel’s continued presence in space and the company's corporate growth.