The chateau that rules the skies [SES Global]

The chateau that rules the skies [SES Global]

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The article examines the transatlantic partnership that created the world's largest commercial satellite operator. SES Global was formed in 2001, when SES Astra bought US satellite giant GE Americom for Bn. The intention was to create a 'megaoperator' with global reach and the usual economies of scale attributed to multinational corporations. In creating a fleet of 29 satellites with the ability to deliver broadband satellite services to more than 90% of the world's population, the acquisition certainly achieved the first part The economic aspects of the arrangement are more open to interpretation. Nevertheless, a comparison of overall revenue figures places SES Global above Intelsat - created in 1964 to develop the first worldwide satellite communications network - and Eutelsat, the European equivalent which dates from 1977.

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