Euroconsult Honors Outstanding Achievement with 12th Annual Awards for Excellence in Satellite Communications

Industry pays tribute to winners at World Satellite Business Week in Paris

Paris, September 17, 2015 – Euroconsult, the leading global consulting firm specializing in space markets, announced the recipients of its 12th Annual Awards for Excellence in Satellite Communications on the occasion of the World Satellite Business Week, its annual senior executive event, the 19th edition of which took place in Paris from Sept. 14 to 18. These annual awards recognize companies and their management for their outstanding accomplishments in the satellite sector. Winners are chosen by a panel of industry experts from Euroconsult, SpaceNews, and SatelliteFinance who assess candidates using rigorous qualitative and quantitative criteria.

This year’s award categories and winners are:

Global Satellite Operator of the Year: SES Strategic Transaction of the Year: EMC
Regional FSS Operator of the Year: RSCC Newcomer Satellite Operator of the Year: ARSAT


“These actors, through their innovation, strategic leadership and performance have all had an exemplary impact on the satellite industry over the past year,” said Pacôme Révillon, CEO of Euroconsult. “Euroconsult and our fellow jurists find it to be very gratifying to be able to honor their achievements during the World Satellite Business Week.”

The distinguished winners share their thoughts

Global Satellite Operator of the Year
SES, Karim Michel Sabbagh, President & CEO
“On behalf of my colleagues and SES, we are honoured to be awarded ‘Operator of the year’, by Euroconsult. At SES, my colleagues and myself are relentlessly working towards our vision to be the foremost worldwide provider of satellite enabled communication services and an indispensable contributor to global digitalization.”

“Thanks to the essential advantage of the GEO and MEO satellite constellations of SES and O3b, we are able to offer an entirely scalable, versatile and hyper efficient network topology to our customers worldwide.”

Strategic Transaction of the Year
EMC, Abel Avellan, CEO
“The EMC team is thrilled to receive the award for Strategic Transaction of the Year,” said Abel Avellan, founder and CEO, EMC. “Through our acquisition of MTN, we are proud to now own and operate the most advanced global mobility platform in the world. This transaction brought the industry’s leaders together to deliver an exciting offering exceeding the needs of our expanded, diverse customer base as a result of the transaction.”

Regional FSS Operator of the Year
RSCC, Yuri Prokhorov, Director General
“For RSCC and for me personally, this award is a great honor. Over the last three years our company has been busy replenishing our satellite fleet, with five new satellites in service and another scheduled to be launched. We have also worked hard on developing infrastructure and enhancing services. We are committed to our fundamental principle that relations with satellite operators and our customers should be built on a mutually beneficial partnership. And that is what accounts for our good revenue dynamics in 2014.”

Newcomer Satellite Operator of the Year
ARSAT, Matías Bianchi, President
“We are proud to receive this award on behalf of all the Argentinians. It´s an honor for all us at ARSAT, to have this kind of consideration by the industry, which in addition to the launch of ARSAT-2 by the end of this month, confirms that we are on the right path and that a promising future is ahead of us. We thank Euroconsult very much, as well as SpaceNews and Satellite Finance, for their recognition as well as the rest of the industry that have supported our technical development in the last years.”

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