SES Proposes New Satellite Platform


SES Americom Inc. unveiled plans Thursday for a new satellite-based
television and Internet service.

The Princeton, N.J.-based company said it has filed a petition with the
Federal Communications Commission to use orbital slots at the 105 and 105.5
degrees west spectrum to deliver broadband entertainment services to a single
small satellite dish.

SES added that it was granted access to the spectrum through a license
granted to an affiliate by the government of Gibraltar.

In a speech delivered Thursday at a Carmel Group satellite conference in
Monterey, Calif., president Dean Olmstead said the satellite service would
provide access to a wide variety of content providers that could then offer
their programming directly to consumers, according to a company press

SES said it does not believe its service would pose an interference risk to
the DirecTV Inc. or EchoStar Communications Corp. slots that adjoin the ones it
is proposing to use.