SES and Eutelsat settle their dispute over 28.5E

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SES (NYSE Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) and Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL) announced today that the two companies have concluded a series of agreements including a comprehensive settlement of legal proceedings concerning the right to operate at the 28.5 degrees East orbital position and containing long-term commercial as well as frequency coordination elements.

The first agreement ends the arbitral procedure between Eutelsat and SES that was initiated in October 2012 under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Paris. The dispute concerned a right of use of 500 MHz spectrum at the 28.5 degrees East orbital position. Eutelsat ceased to operate this spectrum on 3 October 2013 and SES has operated this spectrum since that date. The dispute over this right of use has now been resolved, with SES continuing to operate its satellites at this location, and Eutelsat independently commercialising part of the capacity of the previously disputed frequencies.

According to the second agreement between both companies, Eutelsat has therefore contracted long-term satellite capacity on the SES satellite fleet at the 28.5 degrees East orbital position. Eutelsat will commercialise over Europe on the SES fleet 125 MHz (eight transponders) of the formerly disputed 500 MHz. Eutelsat will also commercialise on the SES fleet the 250 MHz (12 transponders) which was not the subject of the legal proceedings. The 20 transponders will be operated on three new satellites which SES is deploying at the 28.2/28.5 degrees East neighbourhood – ASTRA 2F, ASTRA 2E and ASTRA 2G – of which the first two have been launched and are operational, while the third is planned for a launch later this year.

The third agreement between the two companies addresses technical frequency coordination under the rules of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). It will allow both parties an optimised use of their respective spectrum at a number of orbital positions over Europe, the Middle East and Africa. It confirms and clarifies in technical terms the geographic coverage and transmission power levels for frequencies at these positions.

"The agreements with Eutelsat create a secure framework for operations in major broadcasting and data markets in Europe, Middle East and Africa", said Romain Bausch, President and CEO of SES. "They are beneficial for our whole industry and, above all, for our customers and end users as they experience optimal satellite services. The agreements allow SES to fully leverage its satellite and fleet investments and operate its assets and frequency spectrum efficiently. We can focus on further commercialising our satellite capacity and ensuring excellent services for customers and users worldwide."

Michel de Rosen, Chairman and CEO of Eutelsat, said: "Guided by key objectives to deliver clients impeccable service and to optimise spectrum use, Eutelsat and SES have taken a pragmatic and business-like approach to reaching this settlement. These long-term agreements clarify the conditions for interference-free operations, enabling each company to independently expand its commercial activity in a competitive environment. Eutelsat is committed to delivering innovative services at one of the most vibrant neighbourhoods in the broadcasting market and can now further improve the productivity of its in-orbit resources and future investments."

http://www.eutelsat.com/cms/render/...ntainer/eutelsat-and-ses-settle-their-di.html

http://www.ses.com/4233325/news/2014/16846982
 

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umm, iff they contracted long-term satellite capacity on the SES will this mean that Eutelsats birds that are parked the will end theire service on 28,2E?
 

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28B has already departed and is in use at 48E.
 

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Astra 2F and the upcoming Astra 2G can take over the last frequency range of the 28A.
 

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Astra 2F and the upcoming Astra 2G can take over the last frequency range of the 28A.

also astra 2a 2g will be take ?
 

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umm, iff they contracted long-term satellite capacity on the SES will this mean that Eutelsats birds that are parked the will end theire service on 28,2E?

Yup 28A will probably be redeployed somewhere else - or leased to another customer like the ex 28B has been - now Afghansat1.
 

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dfs-kopernikus__1.jpg Next move this summer all services from 28A move to Astra 2G along with 2A transponders leaving just 3 satellites @ 28.2 east Astra 2E,2F & 2G Broadcasting 10.7GHz to 12.75GHz (Slot 28.5 east will cease to exist & become a distant memory of DFS-Kopernikus) image attached :) they even had a stamp made.
 
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View attachment 62302 Next move this summer all services from 28A move to Astra 2G along with 2A transponders leaving just 3 satellites @ 28.2 east Astra 2E,2F & 2G Broadcasting 10.7GHz to 12.75GHz (Slot 28.5 east will cease to exist & become a distant memory of the DFS-Kopernikus) :) they even had a stamp made
\remeember analog signal from 1988 kopenicos also 23.5e
 

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Some of the earliest European satellite signals came from these 3 satellites:-

DFS-Kopernikus 1, 2, 3 / HellasSat 1
The DFS series of satellites debuted in 1989 with the third being launched in 1992. Ordered in 1983 and produced by the GESAT consortium of MBB (flight segment prime contractor), Siemens (overall prime contractor), ANT Nachrichtentechnik (payload), Standard Elektrik Lorenz (digital switching equipment), and Dornier Systems (ground control system), DFS spacecraft are smaller than TV-Sat: on-station mass of DFS is 850 kg with a 15.4 m solar array span providing up to 1.5 kW of electrical power.

The communications payload includes ten 14/11-12 GHz transponders with five spares and one experimental 30/20 GHz transponder with one spare. At the end of 1994 DFS 1-3 were stationed at 33.5 degrees E, 28.5 degrees E, and 23.5 degrees E, respectively. Like TV-Sat, the DFS Kopernikus series has been concluded.

DFS 3 was leased to the Greek Hellas Sat in 2002 as a stop-gap measure. It was retired in 2003.
Thanks to Skyrocket for the info.

33.5 east has now moved to 33.1 east home of Eutelsat 33A & 33B,
28.5 east will soon become the new enlarged 28.2 east home of SES Astra 2E,2F & 2G,
That will leave 23.5 east as the only remaining ex Korernikus slot home of SES Astra 3B.
 
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