Luxembourg, 17 November 2010
Intelsat S.A., the world’s leading provider of fixed satellite services, announced that Viewsat, a major provider of global broadcast and transmission services for television and radio channels, extended its commitment to Intelsat’s video neighborhood at 68.5 degrees East longitude. The multi-transponder agreement extends Viewsat’s current contract on the Intelsat 10 satellite onto the Intelsat 20 satellite (IS-20) following its launch and entry into service in 2012. Viewsat distributes free-to-air programming bouquets reaching all the Sub-Saharan countries.
“With capacity on IS-20, we are equipped with the in-orbit resources we require to ensure our business grows,” said Awaes Jaswal, CEO, Viewsat. “Intelsat’s IS-20 not only offers us access to its industry-leading African video neighborhood, but provides us with access to the right audiences beyond Africa as we expand our program offerings, regions served and subscribers.”
“As one of the premiere DTH and video distribution platforms within our network, IS-20 will bring incremental capacity to this orbital location and continue to drive growth for media services across Africa, the Middle East and Asia,” said Kurt Riegelman, Intelsat’s Senior Vice President, Global Sales.
Viewsat carries religious and general entertainment programming that currently includes the following networks: Press TV, KICC TV, and Supreme Master TV. Viewsat is among 36 DTH platforms carried on the global Intelsat network.
“Viewsat” is the trading name of View Africa Network which is the leading provider of global broadcast and transmission services for television and radio channels. In 2006 distributing only to the Sub-Saharan African market, Viewsat has extended its reach into other regions, which include the Middle East, Asia, Europe and North America. Our facilities in Europe and Africa enable us to access most satellites for downlink, uplink or turnaround services. Our European teleport has access to all satellites within the 68.5° East to 58° West in Ka-, Ku- and C-band. This, together with our fibre connectivity and strategic partners, means programming can be backhauled and distributed to most parts of the globe.
Intelsat is the leading provider of fixed satellite services worldwide. For over 45 years, Intelsat has been delivering information and entertainment for many of the world’s leading media and network companies, multinational corporations, Internet Service Providers and governmental agencies. Intelsat’s satellite, teleport and fiber infrastructure is unmatched in the industry, setting the standard for transmissions of video, data and voice services. From the globalization of content and the proliferation of HD, to the expansion of cellular networks and broadband access, with Intelsat, advanced communications anywhere in the world are closer, by far.