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SES Connects Multi-Country Music Festival “Tomorrowland 2016 UNITE” via Satellites

Friday, Jul 22, 2016

SES S.A. (Euronext Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG), the world leading satellite operator, and Tomorrowland, the largest electronic dance music festival in the world, today announced their collaboration to broadcast the main festival in Belgium live to seven countries in high definition (HD).

 Tomorrowland, a three-day festival, is expecting a turnout of 180,000 at its main venue in Boom, Belgium. Themed UNITE, the second night of the event will be simultaneously held in seven other countries - Mexico, India, Japan, Colombia, Germany, South Africa and Israel. The UNITE concept was initiated last year, with a live connection to Mumbai and Mexico City.

On the second day of the event, 23 July, from 9 pm to 1 am CET, the performances from the main stage in Belgium will be broadcast live via SES satellites to the seven locations around the world. Festival goers in Belgium enjoying the show will be able to gain insight on what is happening in the other seven cities on a large screen, while the latter will also be able to simultaneously experience the magic of Tomorrowland’s main stage in Belgium.

“Satellite remains the ideal platform for the transmission of live events in high picture quality to a large audience,” said Laurent Petit, Vice President, Global Accounts & Occasional Use at SES. “We are proud to partner with Tomorrowland and bring the magic of the festival to thousands of music lovers across the world. For the event to be successful, the festival’s madness needs to be constantly on, and for that a seamless live connection is key. Contributing to UNITE is a logical activity for us, as the event’s goal is the same as ours: connecting the world, beyond borders.”

In addition, an Ultra HD video compiling Tomorrowland’s best moments will be available on SES’s Ultra HD demonstration channels at 19.2 degrees East, 28.2 degrees East, 5 degrees East and 31.5 degrees East.

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SES (Euronext Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG) is the world-leading satellite operator with a fleet of more than 50 geostationary satellites. Focusing on value-added, end-to-end solutions in four key market verticals (video, enterprise, mobility and government), SES provides satellite communications services to broadcasters, content and internet service providers, and mobile and fixed network operators, as well as business and governmental organisations worldwide. SES stands for long-lasting business relationships, high-quality service and excellence in the satellite industry. The culturally diverse regional teams of SES are located around the globe and work closely with customers to meet their specific satellite bandwidth and service requirements.

SES’s newest subsidiary, MX1, is one of the leading media service providers and offers a full suite of innovative digital video and media services. Augmented by SES’s stake in O3b Networks, a next generation satellite network combining the reach of satellite with the speed of fibre, SES significantly enhances and scales up existing video and data capabilities.

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