SES-5 is a powerful multi-mission satellite, which delivers high performance and extensive coverage for direct-to-home broadcasting, broadband, point-to-point, and VSAT services in Europe and Africa. Built for SES, SES-5 also includes a hosted payload for the European Union. Located at 5 degrees East, it is configured with two Ku-band beams, one serving customers in the Nordic and Baltic countries and the other serving Sub-Saharan Africa. It has a total of 36 active Ku-band transponders available. The spacecraft also has two C-band beams, one with global coverage and one with hemispheric coverage, which can be operated with up to 24 active C-band transponders. The satellite design also includes a Ka-band uplink capability, allowing for flexible operations between Europe and Africa. The secondary payload is an L-band system for the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS), which was developed by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Commission (EC). The satellite was successfully launched in July 2012.