By Telecom Lead Team: SES, a satellite operator with
a fleet of 50 geostationary satellites, has inked a capacity deal with Media
Networks Latin America (MNLA).
With the agreement MNLA will expand its pay-TV service
across Central America and the Caribbean.
Under the partnership, MNLA, a unit of Telefonica
Digital, has secured multiple transponders on SES’ AMC-4 satellite in order to
launch a new DTH wholesale pay-TV service reaching new audiences with a
combined lineup of international and regional SD and HD channels.
SES has the ideal coverage, spectrum and unmatched DTH
experience to expand into new markets throughout Latin America,” said Pedro
Planas, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of MNLA.
The SES spacecraft AMC-4 will allow MNLA to meet the DTH demand in Central America and
the Caribbean as well as other future growth markets with its existing ground
infrastructure, including its teleport in Lima, Peru.
It is further proof that satellite can ideally
complement and strengthen the offer of telecommunications companies. Teaming up
with MNLA, a unit of Telefonica Digital, is of high strategic importance for
us,” said Ferdinand Kayser, chief commercial officer of SES.
SES’AMC-4 was deployed at 67 degrees West in 2010 and
offers expansion capacity in Latin America for a broad range of applications,
such as rural telecommunications, VSAT networks, e-learning, pay-TV and mobile
SES said that with the relocation of AMC-3 to 67 degrees
West at the end of February, it is further strengthening and complementing its
coverage and offering from this orbital position.
A few months back, SES
increased its technical reach in Germany, which is its largest single market,
according to Satellite Monitor, a study that SES ASTRA conducts on a European
scale every year.