The European Space Agency (ESA) launched the world's first sophisticated and fully reprogrammable satellite onboard an Arian 5 rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. This paves the way for more flexible communications necessary for the modern era.

Read more: World’s first commercial, flexible software-defined satellite launches

To connect Africans living in underserved areas with reliable mobile connectivity, fixed satellite solution and professional service provider, iSAT Africa and SES, the leader in global content connectivity solutions have joined forces to provide new 4G connectivity first via SES’s O3b medium earth orbit (MEO) constellation to subsequently migrate and expanded to SES’s next-generation MEO system, O3b mPOWER, in 2022. The development is the result of a three-year partnership agreement signed by the two companies.

Read more: SES Networks and iSAT Africa agree to revolutionise 4G connectivity across Africa

SES has joined the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Direct Connect Delivery Partner programme through a technical and business review process, whereby AWS authenticated SES’s ability to deliver AWS services over its network of multi-orbit satellites. SES is the first satellite operator to achieve AWS Direct Connect Partner status.

Read more: SES first SAT operator in AWS partner programme

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the African Telecommunications Union (ATU) brought together national broadcasters and regulators from across Africa and its neighbouring countries to coordinate their spectrum use and identify new frequencies to avoid harmful interference as services expand.  A series of key regional frequency planning and coordination meetings, aimed at helping African countries expand the reach of their FM (frequency modulation) radio broadcasting services.

Read more: New FM frequencies sought for smooth broadcasting in Africa

SES announced it will continue delivering Comcast Technology Solutions' Managed Satellite Distribution service, formerly known as Headend in the Sky (HITS), which reaches hundreds of multichannel video programming distributor systems across the US. SES recently renewed its long-term relationship with Comcast Technology Solutions (CTS), a division of Comcast Cable that provides media and entertainment technology to advertisers, agencies and content providers.

Read more: SES renews multi-year extension agreement with CTS

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