Globecast Extends Partnership with SES for Distribution Services to Orange Romania

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Monday, 08 January 2018 17:20

Orange Romania’s DTH TV subscribers will continue to enjoy the largest number of HD channels in the country via ASTRA 31.5 degrees East

Luxembourg, 8 January 2018 – Globecast, the global solutions provider for media, has extended its partnership with SES for the premium TV distribution services it provides to Orange Romania using SES’s satellite capacity.

Under the multi-year extension announced by SES, Globecast will lease several transponders on ASTRA 5B at 31.5 degrees East to serve Orange Romania, which uses the capacity to broadcast 112 channels, of which 52 are in HD, using the DVB-S2 and MPEG-4 technical standards. Globecast manages the contribution, encryption and encoding for the entire TV package, as well as signal transport to the uplink facilities for ASTRA 5B.  

Orange Romania’s premium TV offer was launched in June 2013 with the support of SES, leveraging the high power and wide coverage of the ASTRA 5B satellite to deliver HD channels via the smallest dish in the Romanian market. In a highly competitive TV market, with 98 percent pay-TV coverage and five operating DTH platforms, Orange TV’s satellite platform has grown exponentially since its launch.

“We’ve worked extensively with SES and this is another example of the benefits of this partnership for our customers. In such a competitive market, quality of service is an essential factor in determining success, and we are pleased to extend this specific part of the relationship,” said Biliana Pumpalovic, General Director of Globecast in Moscow.

“This extension agreement highlights the role of satellite as vital infrastructure for telecommunications operators to deliver television packages to their subscribers,” said Martin Ornass-Kubacki, Vice President and Chief Regional Officer, at SES Video. “We have been supporting Orange Romania for its DTH service since the beginning, not only from a technical point of view but also in the area of marketing, to promote their offer to the entire country. We are very pleased to continue working with such an innovative partner and enable them to deliver high-quality service to their consumers.”

 “Our customers’ experience is at the forefront of all the services we supply to our customers, be it the most extensive 4G network in the country or the content that we provide access to. We are proud to bring Orange Love convergent packs to all households by offering satellite television in addition to our fiber offer. The extension of the partnership with Globecast and SES fits right in with this strategy,” said Yves Martin, Chief Marketing Officer at Orange Romania.

About Globecast

Globecast helps customers to manage content and to deliver it wherever, however and whenever required. The company provides agile and seamless content acquisition, management and distribution services globally, constantly innovating and investing in new technologies to create customer-centric new services. Globecast has created the number one global hybrid fiber and satellite network for video contribution and distribution. It delivers any type of video service including: TV Everywhere OTT, satellite, cable, video-on-demand and CDN delivery using cloud-enabled media solutions. It supplies Content Acquisition, Aggregation and Distribution (CAAD) services to over 110 networks.

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About SES

SES is the world-leading satellite operator and the first to deliver a differentiated and scalable GEO-MEO offering worldwide, with more than 50 satellites in Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) and 12 in Medium Earth Orbit (MEO). SES focuses on value-added, end-to-end solutions in two key business units: SES Video and SES Networks. The company provides satellite communications services to broadcasters, content and internet service providers, mobile and fixed network operators, governments and institutions. SES’s portfolio includes ASTRA, O3b and MX1, a leading media service provider that offers a full suite of innovative digital video and media services. SES is listed on the Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange (ticker: SESG). Further information available at: www.ses.com

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Orange is the mobile telecom leader in Romania with 10.331.000 customers and revenues of 277,2 million euros on September 30th 2017. Orange Romania is part of the Orange Group, one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators, with over 269 million customers worldwide. Orange Romania offers a wide range of communications solutions to its customers, both individual users and companies, from basic services to voice, data, fixed and mobile complete services, as well as TV services. Orange is also a leading provider of global IT and telecommunication services to multinational companies, under the brand Orange Business Services. In March 2015, the Group presented its new strategic plan “Essentials2020” which places customer experience at the heart of its strategy with the aim of allowing them to benefit fully from the digital universe and the power of its new generation networks. More details about the company's products and services are available at www.orange.ro.

 

What Do Georgians Think About Public Services?

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Wednesday, 27 July 2016 22:57

Quality of roads, public kindergartens, cleaning service and citizen engagement in decision-making are in focus of a research commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Swiss Cooperation Office (SCO) for the South Caucasus and Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) and carried out by the Georgian research company ACT in November 2015.

The discussion about key findings of the study on 27 July 2016 brought together representatives of the Georgian Government, Parliament, local authorities, civil society and international organizations.

Niels Scott, Head of UNDP in Georgia, and Tengiz Shergelashvili, Deputy Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia, addressed the participants of an event with welcome remarks.

The comprehensive nation-wide research is based on interviews with 3,800 citizens over the age of 18 in all regions of Georgia. It examines public views about the services that are currently provided by municipalities and central government, provides comparative analysis with the similar study conducted in 2013, and includes recommendations for local authorities based on the perceptions and expectations of citizens.

The research is part of a wider programme supported by UNDP, Swiss Cooperation Office (SCO) for the South Caucasus and Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) to assist self-governance reform in Georgia.

A Study Reveals What Georgians Think about Public Services

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Tuesday, 26 July 2016 16:22

Quality of roads, public kindergartens, cleaning service and citizen engagement in decision-making are in focus of a research that will be presented on Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 10:00 am, in Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel (1 Rose Revolution Square, Tbilisi, Georgia).

Niels Scott, Head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Georgia, and Tengiz Shergelashvili, Deputy Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia, will open an event that will bring together representatives of the Georgian Government, Parliament, local authorities, civil society and international organizations.

The comprehensive nation-wide research of citizen satisfaction with public services in Georgia was commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Swiss Cooperation Office (SCO) for the South Caucasus and Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) and carried out by the Georgian research company ACT in November 2015.

The study is based on interviews with 3,800 citizens of Georgia over the age of 18 in all regions of Georgia. It examines public views about the services that are currently provided by municipalities and central government, provides comparative analysis with the similar study conducted in 2013, and includes recommendations for local authorities based on the perceptions and expectations of citizens.

A full report of the study will be available at the UNDP Georgia website: www.ge.undp.org

The research is part of a wider programme supported by UNDP, Swiss Cooperation Office (SCO) for the South Caucasus and Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) to assist self-governance reform in Georgia.

SES PLATFORM SERVICES AND K-NET PARTNER TO PROVIDE QUALITY SATELLITE CHANNELS FOR WEST AFRICA

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Tuesday, 24 May 2016 16:22

New partnership will accelerate the digital switchover process and strengthen SES’s leading role in providing free-to-air, direct-to-home services
LUXEMBOURG, 24 May 2016 – SES (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG), a world-leading satellite operator, today announced that SES Platform Services (SES PS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES, has strengthened its partnership with K-NET, an ICT and Telecoms platform services company based in Ghana, to create a joint venture. The new partnership will contract SES capacity, SES PS’s and K-NET’s services, and aim to bring high picture quality content to the homes of millions of viewers by strengthening the direct-to-home (DTH) platform and also providing digital terrestrial television (DTT) services via SES’s prime orbital position at 28.2 degrees East.
The joint venture will use SES’s high-powered satellite capacity, K-NET’s highly-efficient teleport services and SES PS’s reliable video platform services. This partnership will offer a unified bouquet of high quality free-to-air (FTA) and free-to-view (FTV) channels, from all over West Africa, as well as some popular international channels, to millions of viewers in the region.
The partnership will ensure that consumers, especially in Ghana where 98%  of satellite households are serviced by SES satellites, receive newer and higher quality viewing formats and also have access to connected services when they become available.
Wilfried Urner, CEO of SES Platform Services, said, “We are proud to be K-NET’s partner of choice. We are at the forefront of the provision of FTA and FTV channels in the sub region and driving further DTH penetration in various West African countries. The partnership will further accelerate the globalisation of SES’s video business, increase our channel growth and establish us as a world-leading next generation video and media service provider.”
Richard Hlomador, Chairman of K-Net says, “We have worked with SES since 2001 and are pleased to be able to extend our partnership with SES Platform Services. We have built a robust DTH platform, and delivering content in consistently high-quality is a top priority for us. This makes SES Platform Services the ideal partner of choice.”

ZEE TV PARTNERS WITH SES PLATFORM SERVICES TO LAUNCH NEW INDIAN TV CHANNEL IN GERMANY VIA SES SATELLITE

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Thursday, 07 April 2016 12:27

LUXEMBOURG, 7 April 2016 -- SES Platform Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES S.A. (NYSE Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG), today announced it has entered into a long-term partnership with India's leading media conglomerate, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL), to launch a new free-to-air (FTA) television channel in Germany in both SD and HD by mid-year via SES satellites at Astra 19.2 degrees East. Once launched, Zee One can be received by 18 million households in Germany, as well as 2.5 million German-speaking households in Austria and Switzerland.
This new channel for the German market will bring high-quality Bollywood films produced by the Indian film industry, as well as popular Indian television series, to German screens for the first time, 24 hours a day.
Under the agreement, SES Platform Services, a leading technical media service provider for the innovative distribution of video content, will be providing satellite capacity and ground services, including encoding, multiplexing and uplinking from its site in Munich-Unterfoehring.
Christoph Muehleib, Vice President Sales Europe at SES Platform Services, said, "We are very pleased to be part of this exciting endeavour. Germany is the largest FTA market in Europe. With a reach of 18 million in Germany, we serve the majority of TV homes, plus millions of German-speaking viewers throughout Europe.”  
Neeraj Dhingra, CEO Europe at Asia TV Ltd. (Zee TV), said, "We are looking forward to the launch of Zee One into one of the world's most important television markets. As yet, the Bollywood genre is still barely represented, so enhancing Germany's entertainment offerings by introducing an entirely new genre will transform the viewers’ TV experience.”

About SES
SES (NYSE Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) is a world-leading satellite operator with a fleet of more than 50 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 satellite 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 holds a participation in O3b Networks, a next generation satellite network combining the reach of satellite with the speed of fibre. Further information available at: www.ses.com

About SES Platform Services
SES Platform Services GmbH brings the highest quality audiovisual content - linear and non – linear- on any device, in any format, through any distribution channel. SES Platform Services supports television stations, production companies and platform operators with a comprehensive portfolio of services in the implementation of their business models.
All services are focused on the digital value chains of its customers. With more than 500 satellite, cable or Internet channels and thousands of hours of video content that is delivered to video on demand platforms monthly, SES Platform Services is a leading technical media service provider in Europe.
The company serves more than 150 customers, including public and private broadcasting groups, pay-TV providers, rights owners, cable operators and large enterprises. Further information available at: www.ses-ps.com.
About The Essel Group
ZEEL is part of India’s diversified conglomerate The Essel Group, founded by the internationally known Dr. Subhash Chandra who is the Group´s Chairman. For many years, this conglomerate has been extremely successful in a number of sectors, the Essel Group being India´s largest TV network and the largest direct-to-home enterprise in Asia. The company, which is headquartered in Mumbai, is among the top 10 Indian infrastructure providers. Kidzee, the largest pre-school network in India, also belongs to the Essel Group. The company was started in 1976 as a trading and export firm. Since then, the Group has grown continuously in all fields of activity and meanwhile employs 10,000 people.
About Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL)
Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) is one of India’s leading television media and entertainment companies. It is amongst the largest producers and aggregators of Hindi programming in the world, with an extensive library housing over 210,000 hours of television content. With rights to more than 3,500 movie titles from foremost studios and of iconic film stars, ZEE houses the world’s largest Hindi film library. Through its strong presence worldwide, ZEE entertains over 959 million viewers across 169 countries.
Pioneer of television entertainment industry in India, ZEE’s well-known brands include Zee TV, &tv, Zee Cinema, Zee Action, Zee Classic, &pictures, Zee Anmol, Ten Sports, Ten Cricket, Ten Action, Zee Cafe, Zee Studio, Zee Salaam, Zing, ETC Bollywood, Zee Q and Zindagi. The company also has a strong offering in the regional language domain with channels such as Zee Marathi, Zee Talkies, Zee Bangla, Zee Bangla Cinema, Zee Telugu, Zee Kannada and Zee Tamil. The company’s HD offerings include Zee TV HD, Zee Cinema HD, &tv HD, Zee Café HD, Zee Studio HD, &pictures HD, Ten HD and Ten Golf HD.  ZEE and its affiliate companies have leading presence across the media value chain including television broadcasting, cable distribution, direct-to-home satellite services, digital media and print media amongst others. ZEEL also operates its own digital platforms with OTT offerings on Ditto TV and india.com. More information about ZEE and its businesses is available on www.zeetelevision.com

Business Meeting to simplify the services

Published in Society
Monday, 29 February 2016 17:14

There was held a working meeting between the representatives of the Notary Chamber of Georgia and National Agency of Public Law. The goal of this meeting was to simplify and improve the quality of general services.

The mentioned two agencies of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia simultaneously carry out the registration of the right of citizens’ property since 2010. This novelty was introduced for the purpose of simplifying the services. A person appearing at notary for arranging the transaction no longer has to go to the National Agency of Public Law for registering the right of property, the notary will register it instead of this citizen. In addition, the citizen pays no additional fee for this service.

The concrete methods for improving the registration procedures and simplifying the services more were planned at the meeting.

The similar meetings will be held in future with all agencies related to notary activities. The joint conferences are planned as well.

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