The SES-10 satellite, which will provide services in Latin America, is scheduled to be launched on March 29, the Andean Community (CAN in Spanish) said in a statement.
It will be positioned at 67 degrees West and will be used for the Simon Bolivar 2 satellite network, pursuant to an agreement with the CAN (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru). The new satellite will replace the capacity currently provided by two SES satellites at that location.
With a Ku-band payload of 55 36MHz transponder equivalents, of which 27 are incremental, the multi-mission spacecraft is the first SES satellite wholly dedicated to Latin America. It was initially scheduled to be launched in the fourth quarter of 2016.
In a press release, SES explained that the SES-10 satellite will contribute to the acceleration of video growth in Latin America, helping DTH operators expand their reach across the continent. The single footprint covering the entire Spanish speaking South America region will also offer broadcasters based in those countries a one-stop satellite solution to uplink and downlink their content using the same beam on SES-10.