Intelsat signs deals with NURTS and Bulgarian Telecom for transponder services

Telecom Lead Europe: Satellite services provider Intelsat has signed agreements with NURTS and Bulgarian Telecom for Intelsat transponder services to enable digital terrestrial television (DTT) and distribution of HD programming.

NURTS, a DTT operator in Bulgaria, will use capacity on Intelsat 12 at 45° East to contribute content to its terrestrial towers for DTT services launching in Bulgaria.

With more than 700 transmission sites across Bulgaria, NURTS provides media distribution services to national and international broadcasters and programmers. NURTS is in the process of switching off analog transmissions by September 2013, part of a mandate from the European Union.

Jean-Philippe Gillet, Intelsat’s RVP of sales for Europe

Leveraging Intelsat 12, Bulgarian Telecom plans to add HD programming to its DTH platform for delivery to viewers in Bulgaria. VIVACOM is currently the only nationwide provider in Bulgaria to offer a full suite of Internet, digital television, mobile and fixed telephone services to customers in Bulgaria at a flat rate.

“Intelsat has a long history of supporting DTT and DTH deployments throughout the globe,” said Jean-Philippe Gillet, Intelsat’s RVP of sales for Europe and the Middle East. “We offer unparalleled reliability and reach to NURTS and VIVACOM, enabling them to grow their service offerings and access new customers. By hosting both DTT and DTH services, which complement each other with differentiated content, Intelsat 12 is clearly the satellite of choice for media distribution over Bulgaria.”

Recently, reported that Harris CapRock Communications, a provider of fully managed communications for remote and harsh environments, has entered into a multi-year agreement with Intelsat S.A. to utilize their Intelsat EpicNG platform on Intelsat 29e for advanced fixed and mobile services.

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