12 January 2009. With the beginning of the year, the Luxembourg-based global satellite operator SES has joined ESPI as a new institutional member.
SES, being a global satellite operator, has been very active in key space initiatives. As a member of ESPI, SES will contribute to the discussion on some of the main issues at stake today in the space arena, as Romain Bausch, President and CEO of SES pointed out in a recent letter. Of particular interest to SES are such key issues as assessing and reaffirming the role of ITU for space and satellite telecommunications, the development of PPP in particular in key programmes and monitoring the developments in space regulations on the European as well as the member States’ level. Of additional interest is the question of how research and development investments are made in such a way that they effectively support the development of new services in the telecom sector. Romain Bausch has also announced his participation as a panellist in the conference on “The Future of Public-Private-Partnership in Satellite Communications”, which will take place on 31 March 2009 at ESPI.
SES is the world’s pre-eminent satellite group. SES is a network of satellite operators located across all continents. It operates mainly through SES ASTRA in Europe, SES AMERICOM/NEW SKIES in North and South America, Africa the Middle East and Asia. SES also holds strategic participations in satellite operators, including 90% of SES SIRIUS, 70% of QuetzSat, and 49% in Ciel, as well as in a number of satellite service provision companies. Through its global satellite fleet, SES is reaching 99% of the world’s population. It is offering regional strength and expertise, on a global scale.