SES and Gazprom Space System (GSS) have entered into a strategic partnership to provide additional satellite capacity for the Russian market.
Under the terms of a multi-year agreement between the two parties, SES has relocated its Astra 1F satellite from 51 to 55 degrees East.
GSS will use 16 Ku-band FSS transponders on Astra 1F to provide communication services for Western Russia ahead of the launch of its Yamal-402 satellite in November next year.
In return, SES will use capacity on Yamal-402 once it becomes operational at 55 degrees East.
The use of Astra 1F is part of a strategic partnership to explore opportunities for the provision of satellite capacity for Russia.
GSS, which is a subsidiary of Gazprom, currently operates the satellites Yamal-201 and Yamal-202.