Satellite provides service over Africa

The AMOS-5i satellite has reached its °17E orbital position and has begun commercial service. With clients from Africa, Europe and the Middle East already on board, the AMOS-5i satellite enables Spacecom to start serving the growing African market with C-band and Ku-band capacity. AMOS-5i is an interim satellite that will be seamlessly succeeded in its orbital position by AMOS-5 once it commences operations, scheduled for mid-2011.
The AMOS-5i satellite’s 20 36MHz and 4 72MHz C-band transponders plus nine 54MHz Ku-band transponders, make it a powerful platform offering a pan-African C-band beam connecting Europe and the Middle East alongside two Ku-band regional beams.
The AMOS-5 satellite will further expand Spacecom’s footprint in Africa thanks to its 14 72MHz and 4 36MHz C-band transponders and 18 72MHz Ku-band transponders.
“AMOS-5 will be a prime carrier of African traffic in the years to come in both broadcast and data services,” said David Pollack, president and CEO of Spacecom. “As an interim solution, the AMOS-5i satellite catalyses and expedites our business development efforts on the continent enabling us to already position Spacecom as an attractive source of C-band and Ku-band capacity for a variety of businesses, including telecoms, cellular operators, broadcasters, governments and others.”
Pollack continued, “Spacecom is transitioning from being a leading regional player to an emerging global satellite operator, and the expansion of the AMOS fleet’s coverage over Africa represents an important milestone for the company. Once the AMOS-4 satellite joins our fleet in 2012 in an orbital position over the Indian Ocean Region, we will be one step closer to our ambitious goal.”

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