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TMCNet:  SES ASTRA 2F satellite starts operating

[November 21, 2012]

SES ASTRA 2F satellite starts operating

Nov 21, 2012 (M2 EQUITYBITES via COMTEX) -- Satellite operator SES SA (Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG) reported today that its ASTRA 2F satellite has started operating.

The new satellite successfully completed its in-orbit testing and is now fully operational and in commercial service at 28.2/28.5 degrees East.

It carries Ku-band and Ka-band payloads for the delivery of Direct-to-Home (DTH) and next generation broadband services in Europe and Africa. The payload includes 48 Ku-band transponders that cover Europe and 12 Ku-band transponders that are dedicated to sub-Saharan Africa. In addition, three Ka-band transponders will allow SES Broadband Services to support download speeds of up to 20 Mb/s.

ASTRA 2F, SES's 52nd satellite, was successfully launched on board an Ariane 5 rocket from Kourou, French Guiana, on 28 September 2012.

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