SES-5 satellite was launched in early July 2012 from Baikonur after much slippage launch Russian rocket "Proton M". The satellite belongs to the owner of the largest European satellite fleet DTH - Luxembourg-based SES-Astra. Scandinavian operator Viasat, which uses satellites SES-5 and Astra 4A 4.8 ° E is the owner of the largest direct satellite TV platform in Ukraine - Viasat «Ukraine».
In anticipation of the launch of Sputnik SES-5 head of the Ukrainian representative SES-Astra Onno Zonneveld in an interview with Ukrainian media said that Ukraine has a great potential for direct satellite television. Growing needs of the market, and it will sell more tanks in the future. In the position of 4.8 ° E broadcasts Viasat - the first and only viable in Ukraine satellite pay-TV operator. New satellite SES 5 will focus mainly on the Nordic and Baltic countries. Because of this it will be possible to release more than one transponder on an existing position in the Astra 4A satellite and use the extra capacity in Europe, including for the needs of Ukrainian clients.