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SES has announced the procurement of a new satellite jointly with the Luxembourg Government. The satellite, SES-16/GovSat, has been ordered by LuxGovSat, a new joint venture between SES and the Luxembourg Government, from the satellite manufacturer Orbital ATK, Inc. It will be positioned at 21.5 degrees east and is scheduled for launch in Q2 2017. SES-16/GovSat is a multi-mission satellite using dedicated military frequencies (X-band and military Ka-band) to provide high-powered and fully steerable spot beams for multiple government-specific missions. The satellite will cover Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The Luxembourg Government has pre-committed to a significant amount of capacity on the new satellite in support of its NATO obligations; the remaining capacity will be made available to governmental and institutional customers. This procurement is incorporated in SES's current capital expenditure guidance. Martin Halliwell, Chief Technology Officer of SES, commented: "The procurement of SES-16/GovSat opens a new chapter in the strategically important government business vertical and in the cooperation between SES and the Luxembourg Government. SES-16/GovSat will ensure flexibility for the ever-changing missions of governments and institutions in the security, defence and civil arenas and will allow for the deployment of integrated and smart end-to-end managed solutions for these demanding customers." "SES is one of the world's most prominent satellite operators and this contract demonstrates a continued confidence in our GEOStar product line. As a customer-focused company known for innovation, reliability and affordability, we are pleased to provide LuxGovSat with a high-quality satellite that will meet expectations in cost, schedule and performance," said Chris Richmond, VP and GM of the Commercial Satellite Division at Orbital ATK's Space Systems Group. "Based on our exceptional record of delivering flight-proven satellites on time and on budget, Orbital ATK continues to be a partner that SES and the Government of Luxembourg can count on." Read on about SES's new satellite.
Luxembourg ranked among the most liveable location for European, North American and Asian expats in the latest 2015 Liveability Index by ECA International. The company ECA INTERNATIONAL published early 2015 a new edition of its report on liveable cities around the world for expatriates. ECA's Location Ratings system objectively evaluates a host of factors to form an assessment of the overall quality of living in over 450 locations worldwide. The system helps companies establish appropriate allowances to compensate employees for the adjustment required when going on international assignment. Factors assessed include climate; availability of health services; housing and utilities; isolation; access to a social network and leisure facilities; infrastructure; personal safety; political tensions and air quality. Bern, Copenhagen and The Hague are the cities that offer the best living conditions around the world for European expatriates. Luxembourg City occupies the 4th position in the ranking, together with Geneva. Toronto, Dublin and Copenhagen / Zurich / Ottawa / Vancouver are the cities that offer the best living conditions around the world for North American expatriates. Luxembourg City occupies the 14th position, together with Stavanger, Gothenburg, Basel, Vienna, Berlin, Eindhoven and Montreal. Finally Singapore, Adelaide and Sydney are the cities that offer the best living conditions around the world for Asian expatriates. Luxembourg City occupies the 15th position, together with Auckland, Dublin and The Hague. Read on about ECA's liveability index 2015.
A report entitled 'Luxembourg as a Knowledge Capital and Testing Ground for the Circular Economy', carried out by EPEA in collaboration with Returnity Partners, was recently presented to the Luxembourg public. It emphasises the differences between a sustainable circular economy and "make-to-consume and throw away" patterns, which most of the world's societies heavily rely on. This linear model assumes that resources are cheap, available, accessible and unlimited. As truth tells otherwise, moving towards a circular economy means using resources efficiently, in a smart and sustainable way, while realising major economic benefits from this. Nevertheless, the study stated that the country is still primarily relying on the linear model. With locally sourced construction materials such as stones for drainage, aggregate for roads, and sand for high quality concrete increasingly scarce, it is time to set a new direction, she said. Luxembourg leading the way The report found several aspects making Luxembourg ideal for laying the path towards a more circular economy across Europe. With a "society based on equity, cultural tolerance, economic stability and diversity, responsive government, manageable size and especially quality", the country was considered an excellent testing ground. Citing the study, Economy State Secretary Francine Closener emphasised that the rigorous implementation of a circular economy could generate up to one billion euros is annual savings related to procurement costs for companies, while simultaneously creating "more than 2,200 jobs in the coming years." Moving forward To achieve these gains, the report suggested that actors from different business areas should participate in pilot projects in sectors such as construction, information and communications technology, finance, and logistics. The report was initiated by a committee consisting of the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure, and the EcoInnovation cluster. According to the press statement, it will now move forward as a working group that "will play a unifying role for all stakeholders interested in the implementation of a large-scale circular model for Luxembourg." Source: Wort.lu Read the summary of the study 'Luxembourg as a Knowledge Capital and Testing Ground for the Circular Economy'.
LuxConnect and Telecom Luxembourg Private Operator SA have announced the signing of an agreement for the resumption of operations of LuxConnect international network; this signature concludes the EOI process launched in June 2014. The sale of "international network" activities is in the strategic evolution of LuxConnect whose mission is to enhance the attractiveness of the ICT cluster of Luxembourg, by establishing infrastructure and services as well as the support for connectivity and market competitiveness. LuxConnect was founded in 2006 by the government to improve international connectivity for Luxembourg. This goal has now been achieved: while Luxembourg had three fiber optic connections abroad in 2005, it now has 23, making Luxembourg the top country in the world for international bandwidth per user. In addition, there is a largely competitive market, as many as nine national and international operators offer their services in this area. "LuxConnect has accomplished its mission to connect Luxembourg abroad," said Xavier Bettel, Luxembourg's Minister of Communications and Media, "it is useful and logical that the state, which holds 99.92% of the company's shares, retires from this competitive market, in favour of a purely private actor. The whole team of LuxConnect has done a remarkable job and I congratulate them." Launched in June 2014, the process that led to the agreement being signed was followed by more than a dozen national and international operators. The choice finally focused on the local operator Telecom Luxembourg Private Operator in view of the strong anchoring of the company in its home market of Luxembourg and its activity of development capabilities and recovery on his own. "In addition, Telecom Luxembourg Private Operator is the perfect example of a company that has benefited from its launch in 1998 of its infrastructure and the dynamic created by LuxConnect". "For us, the LuxConnect initiative was a key to the success of TLPO at our launch. Indeed, we could never bear the cost of its own infrastructure. This network will be a strategic tool in the long term, we intend to expand both geographically and in terms of capacity conveyed" said Jérôme Grandidier, founder and President of TLPO, who put the emphais on the role, essential for the government initiative and "the determined support of BIP Investment Partners, its reference shareholder throughout the evolution of Telecom Luxembourg Private Operator. Read more on LuxConnect's international network sale. Source: Chronicle

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