Arqiva Chooses Intelsat Capacity at 1º West for Eastern European Distribution
Pembroke, Bermuda, 9 September 2008
Intelsat, Ltd., the world’s leading provider of commercial satellite services, announced that Arqiva Limited, a global specialist in satellite and media, signed a multi-year contract for Intelsat capacity at 1º West. Arqiva will use the capacity to distribute both DTH and cable programming throughout Europe as well as support new MPEG-4 HD channel distribution.
The 1º West Neighborhood
The 1º West neighborhood, one of the fastest growing platforms for video distribution in the region, serves nearly 5 million DTH households and more than 10 million cable homes throughout Central and Eastern Europe and the Nordic region. The 1º West neighborhood is served by Intelsat’s IS-10-02 satellite, along with Telenor Satellite Broadcasting’s THOR satellites. Intelsat expects to expand its capacity serving the region through ownership of 10 transponders on THOR 6, which is scheduled for launch in 2009.
“We recognize the value of the 1º West neighborhood, which provides access to the leading platforms within Romania, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Serbia and Croatia, as well as the Nordic region,” said David Owen, Head of Product Management for Arqiva Satellite Media Solutions. “The 1º West neighborhood and Intelsat’s satellite coverage provides us with an ideal location to serve our broadcaster customers, meeting their needs for European HD channel distribution.”
“The value Intelsat offers its customers at 1º West is our ability to provide ready access to DTH and cable systems throughout Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and even to additional cable subscribers in Western Europe,” said Mike DeMarco, Intelsat’s Vice President, Video Services. “The 1º West neighborhood brings significant advantages to new and established broadcasters wishing to launch single or multiple channels throughout this rapidly-growing market.”
Intelsat will be exhibiting in Hall 1, Stand C71 at IBC 2008, the international tradeshow for professionals involved in the creation, management and delivery of content for the broadcasting industry, which is being held at the RAI Centre in Amsterdam on 12-16 September.