PanAmSat Blankets New Zealand, New Caledonia and Fiji with New Array of Satellite Services
Repointed PAS-8 Beam Opens Market to DTH, Broadcast, Broadband, VSAT and SNG Customers
Sydney, Australia, 17 April 2006
PanAmSat (NYSE: PA) today announced that it had repointed a beam on the PAS-8 Pacific Ocean Region satellite to effectively reach every corner of New Zealand, New Caledonia and Fiji. The Company recently received authorization from the FCC to redirect the Ku-band South East Asia beam of the PAS-8 Satellite to cover the southwest Pacific, thus opening up these markets for additional PanAmSat services. PanAmSat will commence providing service on this beam from April 15, 2006.
“Thinking innovatively is a PanAmSat trademark — we saw a need and solved the problem. By making an adjustment on our powerful PAS-8 satellite, we can now service our many customers who have wanted to reach New Zealand, New Caledonia and Fiji on our fleet. Broadcast television, VSAT services, broadband, emergency response, disaster recovery and satellite news gathering will all be available through the satellite’s far-reaching, impressive footprint,” said David Ball, vice president, Asia Pacific. “And for the many multi-cultural viewers in these countries, we will be able to deliver a wide array of ethnic programming through our PanGlobal TV DTH platform, already a success in neighboring Australia.”
PAS-8 is home to some of the best-known broadcasting and cable television networks including: TVB, ABS-CBN, Turner Broadcasting, ESPN, CCTV, CNBC Asia, Discovery Networks and NHK. In addition, the spacecraft is the delivery platform for PanGlobal TV, which provides programmers immediate access to an established and growing Australian DTH neighborhood. PanGlobal TV is a joint marketing alliance between PanAmSat and GlobeCast Australia.
PAS-8 provides video, telecommunications and Internet access throughout the Asia-Pacific region, including a high-power C-band beam that stretches from Bangladesh to the western United States. The satellite also contains high-power Ku-band spot beams that cover Australian, Northeast Asia and now the Southwest Pacific, C-band and Ku-band customers are both able to use the PanAmSat teleport in Napa, Calif. to send signals directly to Asia or to receive PAS-8 signals in the United States for onward transmission over other PanAmSat satellites worldwide.