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PanAccess boards Spacecom satellite

Multi-regional satellite operator Spacecom has begun providing Ku-band capacity from its AMOS-17 satellite to German broadcast services company PanAccess for broadcasting to Nigeria.

Roland Schlichting

The move comes as Spacecom aims to further expand its reach in Africa and Asia. PanAccess specialises in providing high-end one-way or two–way CAS and DRM security solutions around the globe.

Roland Schlichting, PanAccess’s CEO, said: “We are thrilled with Spacecom’s response speed that enabled us to be on-air quickly and efficiently. PanAccess views the growth of our broadcast base in Nigeria as an important market and we will continue to add more channels for these customers.”

Eyal Altshuler, Spacecom’s VP sales, said: “Working in tandem with PanAccess, we succeeded in bringing their bouquet on to the air in less than 48 hours after we began designing their solution.

“AMOS-17 is an exciting satellite with its Ku, Ka and HTS C-Band capabilities. The Nigerian market is now experiencing services and communications from the most powerful, technically advanced satellite serving the region. Since the beginning of commercial operations in late 2019, the satellite is already boosting our business around the continent.”

AMOS-17, which was launched last August, will operate from the 17°E position over Africa and will expand and strengthen Spacecom’s coverage of the growing satellite service markets in Africa, Middle East and Europe.

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ViewMedia preps African digital platform

UK-based distributor ViewMedia is to establish a new digital broadcast platform serving Francophone audiences in West Africa.

It will be operated via the newly launched AMOS-17 communication satellite above Africa, which is due to enter commercial service later in 2019.

Spacecom, in partnership with Satellite Mediaport Services, will provide uplink services for the platform, which will allow for the broadcast of DVBS-2 services to West Africa, reinforcing ViewMedia’s position as a leading multi-regional satellite operator.

ViewMedia commercial director Safia Rana said: “This is a significant moment for West African broadcasters. Our newest platform will provide an important service to television viewers throughout the region. AMOS-17’s technology is top of the line, enabling us to offer additional and improved services.”

Ido Ginsburg, Spacecom’s VP of sales for North America, the UK and the Nordics, added: “AMOS-17’s KU-band capacity is the perfect answer for Africa’s growing French-speaking broadcast market. With its powerful signal, the satellite will enable ViewMedia’s platform to answer the demands of television viewers in urban as well as rural and other low-density population areas.

“Spacecom is energised to take a greater role in the African market and we look forward to many exciting years providing our customers with the best possible solutions.”

ViewMedia is an established operator within the global broadcast and transmission services industry. Its infrastructure provides digital satellite services to broadcasters in the Middle East, North and sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. The KU-Band platform on AMOS-17 will allow broadcasters to distribute video content easily to the French-speaking region.


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Spacecom signs with African company

Israel-based satellite operator Spacecom has reportedly signed a US$55m four-year deal with an African company.

Spacecom has yet to disclose the name of the company but has said that operations will begin with its Amos-17 satellite (currently being constructed by Boeing) in 2019.

Amos-17, which is set to launch in July 2019, will replace Amos-5, covering the African continent and operating from 17º east, offering coverage of Ka-band, Ku-band and C-Band HTS services.

The two parties in the agreement each have a ‘break’ clause if regulatory permissions are not forthcoming by July 15.

Boeing Satellite Systems International is building the satellite and SpaceX will send it into orbit on a Falcon-9 launch vehicle.

Spacecom is a leading global fixed-satellite operator, offering tailored end-to-end communication solutions to the media and broadband industries. It is owned by Eurocom Holdings.

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