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After launch on 11 October 2017 the EchoStar 105/SES-11 satellite has been successfully positioned at the 105 degrees West orbital location and is now fully operational and able to serve the video and enterprise markets in the US.

The dual-mission satellite, built by Airbus, has a C-band payload of 24 Ku-band transponders of 36 MHz, and replaces C-band capacity for AMC-18 and Ku-band capacity for AMC-15. It offers coverage over North America, including Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean.

The satellite's C-band capacity is optimised for digital television delivery, and will join SES-1 and SES-3 at the centre of SES’s North American orbital arc which reaches more than 100 million TV homes and has 100% penetration in the US.

The satellite is designed to accelerate the development of the US prime video neighbourhood and the delivery of high-definition (HD) and Ultra HD channels. Indeed, it hosts what is claimed to be the world's largest Ultra HD bouquet of 10 UHD channels which can reach a combined audience of more than ten million subscribers.

SES-11 is the second craft the operator has launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, and the fourth launch with Elon Musk’s company.

Commenting on the launch, SES CTO Martin Halliwell said: “Thanks to the hard work put in by the Airbus, SpaceX and SES teams, SES-11 is now ready to provide a premium C-band service to the leading cable operators across the US and deliver high quality TV content to more than 100 million TV homes in the US.”
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