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Telekom Srbija taps SES for new multi-country satellite bouquet

Telekom Srbija has signed a multi-year, multi-transponder contract with satellite operator SES to deliver a new DTH satellite TV bouquet for Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro.

The new bouquet will launch from the 23.5° East position in December.

The platform will enable Telekom Srbija to broadcast more than 150 channels, including up to 30 in High Definition (HD). All Serbian public television channels will also be available. Additional channels will be offered as free-to-air services.

Telekom Srbija has chosen cardless set-top boxes for this service, and the platform will be accessible using a small 60cm dish.

Telekom Srbija began working with SES in 2011 and earlier this year moved their complete channel bouquet to SES satellites at SES’ 23.5° East orbital location. SES serves nearly 2.9 million DTH homes in Europe from 23.5 degrees East.

“We are pleased to be launching such an important DTH platform with SES. As we embark on our most ambitious project yet, we have complete confidence thanks to the quality of service and experience SES brings to the table. We look forward to fostering growth in the local broadcasting landscape by bringing a powerful new platform to viewers,” said Marijana Vukasinovic, head of content management at Telekom Srbija.

“The former Yugoslavian countries are a dynamic growth market that SES has been focused on for several years, and we are glad to be strengthening our relationship with Telekom Srbija. Our orbital location at 23.5 degrees East is SES’ fastest-growing orbital position for central and eastern Europe and the Benelux countries, with many pan-European operators broadcasting their content from there,” said Martin Ornass-Kubacki, vice-president, central eastern Europe, sales at SES Video.