04 June 2018
| James Pearce
SES has partnered with SpaceX to launch its latest satellite, aiming to offer video, fixed data, and mobility services across Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.
SES-12 will operate under the authority of the Kingdom of
the Netherlands and will replace and augment services already
provided by SES NSS-6 satellite, which was launched in
The launch of SES-12 was on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from
Cape Canaveral in Florida, the US on 4 June. The satellite is
one of the largest geostationary satellites that SES has ever
launched, and was constructed by Airbus Defence and Space.
SES-12 will reach 18 million TV homes, along with SES-8,
providing services for pay-TV operators through its six wide
beams and 72 high throughput user spot beams. It takes
SES’s fleet in operation to seven geostationary
satellites and 16 MEO satellites across Asia Pacific and the
Middle East. Overall, it has 50 GEO satellites.
Martin Halliwell, chief technology officer at SES, said,
"More content. More immersive viewing experience. Blazing
internet speeds. Reliable cell coverage. All of these dynamic
customer requirements can now be met with the successful launch
of SES-12, which will provide incremental high performance
capacity and offer greater reliability and flexibility to our