South Caucasus satellite provider Azercosmos has partnered with media solutions provider Globecast to increase capacity and coverage across Africa.
The partnership will enable Globecast to supply increased C-band capacity on Azercosmos’ satellite Azerspace-1 as well as general entertainment, news, sport and special events coverage to viewers in the most remote areas of Africa.
Jacques Andreou, engineering manager at Globecast, said: “The high-quality coverage provided by the Azerspace-1 satellite is central to our partnership, alongside the technical support we receive. This cooperation provides increased opportunities and flexibility for our customers.”
Mark Guthrie, chief commercial officer at Azerbaijan-based Azercosmos, added: “Globecast’s adaptable and innovative approach to the market is an important part of our service offering and allows us to achieve great success across Africa.”
Reality series Big Brother Naija will be aired exclusively on the Multichoice DSTV platforms across Africa using Azerspace-1’s capacity to ingest the feeds into Multichoice’s command centre throughout the year. The feeds are being uplinked in Nigeria and downlinked by both Multichoice and Globecast.
Internet service provider iSat Africa has partnered with South Caucasus satellite provider Azercosmos to provide satellite telecoms and TV services in various parts of Africa.
Under the agreement, iSat Africa will make use of Azerbaijan-based Azercosmos’ services – including OTT using terrestrial and satellite technologies – to meet the growing demand for telecoms in parts of Africa that can’t be served using terrestrial, via the resources of the Azerspace-2 satellite.
The capacity of the satellite will be used to provide satellite solutions, in addition to data and video services provided to 90% of the continent.
Canadian company Prime African Media Systems will also broadcast Asian channel ATN TV in West Africa using the Azerspace-2 satellite, and United Arab Emirates-based HorizonSat plans to provide data services to customers in the Middle East and North Africa via the Azerspace-1 satellite.
Mark Guthrie, chief commercial officer at Azercosmos, said: “This cooperation will allow us to use the capabilities of the Azerspace-2 satellite even in the most remote areas of Africa.”
In June, Azercosmos signed a broadcast partnership agreement with Space Engineering, which provides telecom and internet services in African. Mwangaza TV and Radio will also be broadcast in Kenya via the Azerspace-1 satellite.