DIRECTV Latin America doubles capacity on Intelsat satellites


Intelsat, a provider of satellite services, announced an
agreement with DIRECTV Latin America (DTVLA), an operating unit of DIRECTV, to
provide Ku-band capacity for DTH services in Latin America.


Intelsat will provide services on two new hybrid C- and
Ku-band satellites, Intelsat 30 and Intelsat 31, each containing 82
transponders. DTVLA will use the Ku-band payloads to expand its current DTH
entertainment offerings and provide backup and restoration services.


The two satellites are scheduled for launch in 2014 and
2015, respectively, and will be co-located with Intelsat’s Galaxy 3C satellite
at 95°W. DTVLA has provided service via Galaxy 3C since the satellite was
launched in 2002. DTVLA plans to utilize the satellites for their entire
15-year lifetime.


This agreement positions our Pan Americana platform for
future growth, while also providing full redundancy. It reflects our continued
optimism about the region,” said Bruce Churchill, president and CEO of DTVLA.


Intelsat and DIRECTV Latin America strategically
designed a Ku-band payload to optimize the available frequencies to maximize
our channel capacity in Spanish-speaking South America by using both local and
pan-regional beams,” Churchill added.


We’re thrilled that DIRECTV Latin America continues to
show confidence in the high-quality services that Intelsat provides through
this long-term agreement. This effort will allow DIRECTV Latin America to offer
enhanced services to all of its Latin American customers, along with
restoration services to guarantee uninterrupted delivery,” said David McGlade,
CEO of Intelsat.
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