Panel at NextGen13 to Debate Whether Satellite is Being Overlooked as a Next Gen Access Technology

London, October 7, 2013 - SES Broadband Services is to hold a special panel discussion at the NextGen13 Conference in London to address the question Is Satellite Broadband Overlooked as a NextGen Access Technology?

Timing for the debate, which is to be held on 14 October at 2pm, could not be better as the Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) just reported that the taxpayer is being “ripped off” in the rollout of rural broadband. The panel discussion will be broadcast live on SES Broadband Services’ website and has a strong line-up of independent commentators to really get to the heart of the debate.

Oliver Johnson, CEO of Point Topic which is recognized internationally as one of the leading analyst companies monitoring internet penetration worldwide, will moderate the panel. The panel will include Mike Locke, Managing Director of BeyonDSL, Adrian Wooster, a Broadband Strategy Consultant who has worked on a number of BDUK projects, Paul Broadhurst, Executive Committee Member of SCTE and David Cullen, Prism Business Consulting. Armin Neumaier, Vice President Sales, SES Broadband Services will also participate and lead a 10 minute presentation beforehand.

“This debate comes at a crucial time, as politicians are publicly switching on to the mismanagement of the national project to connect rural populations to a meaningfully fast broadband connection,” said Neumaier. “Our aim with this debate is to raise the profile of satellite broadband which can deliver 20 megabit per second download speeds immediately and not at great cost.”

SES has been delivering satellite broadband in the United Kingdom since 2009. The key aim of the afternoon panel will be to discuss what the elements of success are for consumer satellite broadband roll-outs. A Q&A session will also take place after the panel discussion where the audience is open to ask any questions.

“I am looking forward to a lively debate,” added Johnson from Point Topic. “In July we released a report looking at Satellite broadband in the UK and concluded the market is undoubtedly becoming more competitive. However, there is still work to be done. Despite the satellite industry at last having a story to tell and changing the perceptions of satellite for some, the market is not moving as quickly as it should.”

SES Broadband Services recently signed new deals with internet service providers Broadband Everywhere, BeyonDSL and EuropaSat to distribute SES Broadband in the UK and Ireland, to allow them to offer download speeds of up to 20 Mbit/s. 

Currently SES Broadband Services uses the Ka-band capacity on the ASTRA 2F satellite deployed at the 28.2/28.5 degrees orbital arc and with the recent launch of SES’ 54th satellite, ASTRA 2E, additional Ka-band capacity will be available for the UK and Irish ISP’s.

The panel discussion will take place in London at 14.00 on Monday 14 October at the NextGen 13 conference. To register to attend NextGen 13, visit: www.nextgenevents.co.uk/events/nextgen-13.

To watch the panel discussion and Q&A session live online, please use the link:
www.ses-broadband.com/nextgen2013.

 

About SES Broadband Services

SES Broadband Services, a 100% owned affiliate of the satellite operator SES, provides high-speed broadband service solutions via satellite. SES Broadband (formerly known as ASTRA2Connect) was introduced in 2007, the service is marketed via distribution partners in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The service offers a unique opportunity to individuals, businesses and communities to access the internet independent from any terrestrial infrastructure. SES Broadband is technically available across the entire fleet of SES and able to support Triple Play services combining broadband access with Voice over IP (VoIP) telephony and TV reception. For further information on residential services please visit www.ses-broadband.com or www.ses.com/broadband-services for business applications.

 

About SES       

SES is a world-leading satellite operator with a fleet of 54 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 (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: www.ses.com.