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Tips from ‘Digital Venice 2014’

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Satellite Operators Make the Case For Smart Future Networks

Venice/Tbilisi,11 July 2014 – International event “Digital Venice 2014” organized by the Italian Presidency took place last week in Venice. The event gathered policy, industry and innovation leaders from all over Europe to trace the road to a growing, sustainable digital economy.

Key tips and forecasts of digital future are the following:

Taking the floor to welcome the Digital Venice initiative, Karim Michel Sabbagh, President and CEO of SES (NYSE Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) and Member of the ESOA Board, noted that the future Internet will be dominated by video, demanding high-quality services anytime, anywhere, and on any device. “This causes an unprecedented demand for capacity, with Cisco forecasting an increase in annual global IP traffic to more than a Zettabyte – one thousand billion Gigabytes – already in 2016”, Sabbagh said. “As soon as Ultra-HD television becomes mainstream, this will increase even further and individual usage in Europe could then require up to a 100-fold increase over today’s household data capacity.”

“Can networks cope with this? Can operators afford such traffic generating minimal, if any, transport value? Is the implied carbon footprint explosion acceptable? Would citizens have equal access to such services? The answer to these questions is not obvious”, Sabbagh said. “Satellite is an infrastructure that has already reached the Zettabyte era. With its unsurpassed universal capacities and its unmatched economies in one-to-many traffic, it can play a central role in building an optimal, smart and future-proof next-generation network. I invite the attendees of today’s Roundtable to cooperate on hybrid satellite-terrestrial solutions as they come at a fraction of the cost. They help offload terrestrial networks and redirect investments; they accelerate the delivery of multi-play benefits, allow much more efficient use of spectrum resources and help avoid a new digital divide.”

Aarti Holla, The European Satellite Operators Association (ESOA) Secretary General, speaking on a panel on the Digital Single Market with DG CONNECT Deputy Director General Roberto Viola, noted the extreme cost-efficiency of satellite in down-stream video delivery, as part of the solution to intelligent network management.

“Increasing HDTV penetration and the emergence of Ultra HDTV, as seen in recent transmissions from the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, demonstrate the need to develop partnerships and find sustainable commercial solutions that integrate satellite into the complex networks required to deliver next generation video”, Holla said. “This is the only way that citizens will really reap the benefits of video anytime, anywhere and on any device.”

About ESOA

ESOA is the Brussels-based trade association representing all European satellite operators and supporting members including service providers, manufacturers and launch service providers. Its Board comprises the Chief Executives of all EU-based satellite operators, who drive the association's work of ensuring that satellite operators benefit from the most favourable political, industrial and regulatory environment to fulfil their vital role in the delivery of global communications.

ESOA members include satellite operators: Avanti, Airbus, Eurasiasat, Eutelsat, HellasSat, Hispasat, Inmarsat, Intelsat, SES, Telenor, Telespazio, and Arianespace, Asitel, Brit, Hiscox, Marsh, Mansat, Munich Re, Newtec, O3b, Solaris Mobile, Swiss re, Thales Alenia Space & Atrium Space Insurance Consortium.

About SES

SES is a world-leading satellite operator with a fleet of more than 50 geostationary satellites. The company provides satellite communications services to broadcasters, content and internet service providers, mobile and fixed network operators and business and governmental organisations worldwide.

SES stands for long-lasting business relationships, high-quality service and excellence in the broadcasting industry. The culturally diverse regional teams of SES are located around the globe and work closely with customers to meet their specific satellite bandwidth and service requirements.

SES (NYSE Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) holds participations in Ciel in Canada and QuetzSat in Mexico, as well as a strategic participation in satellite infrastructure start-up O3b Networks. Further information under:

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