SES transfers capacity from AMC-9 satellite after glitch

Monday 19 June 2017 | 12:51 CET | News

SES announced that, following a significant anomaly, the company is in the process of transferring capacity from its AMC-9 satellite.

The incident was noted on the morning of 17 June. SES said it contacted all customers and is working to transfer services to alternative satellite capacity in order to minimise disruption.

AMC-9 provided Ku-band and C-band coverage over the US and Mexico. The satellite was manufactured by Alcatel/Thales and was launched in 2003.

SES said it's working closely with the manufacturer to establish the cause of the anomaly and is evaluating all satellite recovery options. The full impact of the anomaly is still being assessed.

In the event that the spacecraft cannot be recovered, the potential impact on SES’s full year 2017 group revenue could be up to EUR 20 million. In this event, it would also be expected to result in a one-off impairment charge of EUR 38 million.

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