June 3 International Launch Services Inc. successfully launched the SES-6 satellite for SES S.A. (SES) on a Proton Breeze M launch vehicle. Manufactured by EADS Astrium based on its Eurostar E3000 platform and equipped with 48 Ku- and 43 C-band transponders, SES-6 will provide DTH and VSAT services to customers throughout the Americas, Europe and the Atlantic Ocean from the 40.5°W orbital slot, where it replaces the NSS-806 satellite. SES has announced that the new satellite’s largest customer is Oi S.A. of Brazil, which has acquired the rights to use a large portion of SES-6’s Kuband capacity for a new DTH platform.

June 25 – Arianespace S.A. successfully launched the first four satellites of O3b Networks, Ltd. (O3b) on a Soyuz launch vehicle. Manufactured by Thales Alenia Space, the satellites will form part of a MEO constellation that will provide billions of users in underserved areas across the globe with low-cost, high-speed, low-latency Internet and mobile connectivity. O3b has contracted with Arianespace S.A. to provide launch services for eight more O3b satellites, which are scheduled to be launched in sets of four later this year and in 2014.