From: New Skies Satellites
Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2002
New Skies Satellites N.V. (AEX, NYSE: NSK), the global satellite communications company, has been authorized to deliver satellite communications services throughout Brazil over the new NSS-7 Atlantic Ocean region satellite. The authorization was provided by ANATEL, the government agency that regulates all telecommunications services in Brazil.
NSS-7, which was launched from French Guiana on April 16, 2002, successfully completed in-orbit testing and entered commercial service on May 30.
"We are extremely pleased that ANATEL has expressed its confidence in New Skies by granting this important authorization," said Andrew D'Uva, New Skies' vice president of government and regulatory affairs. "We believe that NSS-7 will play an important role in Brazil's growing telecommunications sector by offering Brazilian businesses some of the best connectivity options on the market, as well as high-powered Ku-band coverage for broadcasters, ISPs and corporate enterprises."
"NSS-7 is the first satellite that features an ultra-high power Ku-band beam specifically designed to provide full coverage of Brazil as well as the entire Mercosur region, including associated member countries such as Chile and Bolivia," said Dolores Martos, New Skies' vice president of sales for Latin America. "This hybrid satellite will enable the establishment of new multimedia broadband networks for corporations and consumers, utilizing very small antennas throughout the whole coverage area."
The NSS-7 authorization enables New Skies to complement its existing Atlantic Ocean region satellites with another high-power spacecraft, providing additional service options and flexibility throughout Brazil, Mercosur and the Americas. NSS-7 will offer Brazilian customers a full range of services in both C- and Ku-band, facilitating full- and part-time video distribution and contribution transmissions, Internet backbone connectivity, business communications as well as data and telephony services. The satellite will also play a key role in rural telecommunications services throughout Latin America.
New Skies serves Brazil through its regional office in S„o Paulo and the company's Latin American sales office in Washington, D.C. The company and its subsidiaries currently hold licenses from ANATEL to provide satellite capacity and communications services throughout Brazil over the NSS-806 and NSS-803 satellites.
NSS-7 was designed to replace NSS-803 as well as NSS-K at 338.5 degrees east, combining the extensive television traffic and Internet content from the two satellites to debut as a premier video and IP neighborhood in the Atlantic Ocean region. With NSS-7 now operational, New Skies is currently transitioning customers from NSS-K and NSS-803. The company expects to complete the process by late August.
NSS-7, a Lockheed Martin A2100AX model spacecraft, boasts 36 C-band and 36 Ku-band transponders. Eleven high-powered coverage beams are capable of broadcasting video, Internet and data traffic throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
About New Skies Satellites
New Skies Satellites (AEX, NYSE: NSK) is one of only four fixed satellite communications companies with truly global satellite coverage, offering video, voice, data and Internet communications services to a range of telecommunications carriers, broadcasters, large corporations and Internet service providers around the world. New Skies has six satellites in geosynchronous orbit and ground facilities around the world. The company also has two spacecraft under construction, which are planned to serve the Americas and Asia from two new orbital locations. In line with its growth strategy, the company has secured certain rights to make use of additional orbital positions, including four serving the Americas. New Skies is headquartered in The Hague, The Netherlands, and has offices in London, Johannesburg, New Delhi, S„o Paulo, Singapore, Sydney and Washington, D.C.
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