SES AMERICOM launches HD SNG Neighborhood
-Offers universal SNG connectivity to the truck with SkySwitch IP-
PRINCETON, NJ – April 10, 2007 – Positioned to meet the rising demand for HD sports, news, and special events, SES AMERICOM, an SES company (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg stock exchanges: SESG), today announced the industry’s first HD SNG neighborhood. The new high-def Satellite News Gathering service is delivered over the high-powered AMC-5 and AMC-6 satellites and offers a bandwidth home for industry innovators enhanced by the leading IP-based connectivity platforms for voice and data communication to the SNG truck.
The HD SNG neighborhood includes the SkySwitch IP platform, which features both ND SatCom’s SkyWAN and iDirect’s 7000 series satellite router-based service that deliver reliable IP to the SNG truck – enabling remote telephone calling capabilities, reliable Internet access, and consistent communication with the broadcaster’s home-based LAN and studio. SkySwitch IP represents a low-cost alternative to dedicated bandwidth, complete with the security and flexibility that are so critical in the SNG industry. Neighborhood expansion is already in the works aboard the AMC-21 satellite, which is scheduled for launch in the second quarter of 2008.
“SES AMERICOM’s HD SNG neighborhood is designed for today’s news and events coverage leaders, complete with the SkySwitch IP communications platform capable of turning an SNG truck into a rolling news bureau or production facility,” said Bryan McGuirk, president of media and enterprise services for SES AMERICOM. “We’ve got the high-powered satellites, reliable bandwidth, the universal truck connectivity, and the experience and know-how to meet the needs of any broadcaster, anywhere.”
“The launch of SES AMERICOM’s HD SNG neighborhood coincides with our increasing capital investment in additional HD equipment and new HD SNG units through 2007,” said Paul Edwards, vice president of transportables/production services for Crawford Communications, an innovative full-service video production and distribution services provider that has worked with SES AMERICOM for years. “SES AMERICOM’s market vision is HD clear and allows us to respond to the rapidly increasing demand for HD production and distribution services with the most advanced satellites and SNG solutions in the industry.”
About AMC-5, AMC-6, and AMC-21 Satellites
AMC-5 is an all Ku-band satellite located at 79° west longitude. AMC-5 serves the SNG, occasional services, VSAT, business television and broadband Internet markets.
AMC-6 is a hybrid C/Ku-band satellite located at 72° west longitude that provides high-powered service to occasional video/SNG, government, VSAT network and entertainment customers. AMC-6 has also attracted Internet service integration platforms, which take advantage of the satellite’s wide coverage and high levels of redundancy.
AMC-21 is a planned all Ku-band satellite, which is being built by Alcatel Alenia Space and incorporating the Orbital Sciences STAR-2 satellite bus. Scheduled to initiate service by mid 2008 from the 125 W.L. orbital position, AMC-21 will provide 50-state coverage, as well as coverage over the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central America.
About ND SatCom
ND SatCom is a leading global supplier of satellite-based broadband VSAT, broadcast and defence communication network and ground station solutions. ND SatCom's innovative technologies are deployed in broadcast & media, enterprise, telecom, government and defence environments worldwide. As a global company with more than 25 years of experience in the satellite networks and systems businesses, ND SatCom, with offices worldwide, is a reliable source of comprehensive and secure turnkey and tailored system engineered solutions. For more information, visit www.ndsatcom.com.
iDirect Technologies, a subsidiary of VT Systems Inc, designs, develops, and markets satellite-based broadband access solutions targeted at the enterprise, government, carrier and educational sectors that have the need for fast, flexible, and geographically dispersed two-way internet/intranet access. The company has developed technology solutions that combine high performance, worldwide availability, and ease of installation, high reliability, and low cost to end customers. iDirect operates its corporate headquarters in Herndon, Virginia and has regional offices in Europe, Asia, and covering Latin America. Please visit www.idirect.net.
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