South African users now have access to fully-integrated transmission solutions via the new Intelsat 25 (IS-25) satellite now serving the region.
To address increased demand for capacity in Africa, fixed satellite service provider Intelsat acquired the ProtoStar 1 satellite, renamed it IS-25, repositioned it to 328.5° E. IS-25 and last week commenced service, offering C- and Ku-band coverage of a substantial portion of Africa.
IS-25 provides capacity for high growth applications that include cellular backhaul for expansion services to remote locations; IP trunking for robust Internet connectivity; and video services for programming.
The company also plans to launch the Intelsat New Dawn satellite later this year, which will bring the number of Intelsat satellites serving Africa to 25.
Meanwhile, broadband service providers continue to require enhanced connectivity solutions.
Intelsat’s new terrestrial architecture, IntelsatONE – which consists of an IP/MPLS-based network, teleports and points of presence – provides customers a single source for converged data, voice and video solutions.
MTN Business will use IntelsatONE through its multi-year contract that includes teleport services and hosting of its DVB-S2 platform in addition to capacity on the Intelsat 905 satellite, located at 335.5° E.
Angola-based MSTelcom signed a multi-year, multi-transponder contract on the Intelsat 1R satellite, located at 310° E, for transmissions for its customers serving the oil and gas, banking and mining industries. Gateway Communications, a provider of pan-African network services, expanded its pre-launch commitment, signing another multi-transponder contract for Ku-band capacity on the Intelsat New Dawn satellite, to be located at 33° E, for corporate networking services offered by its parent, South Africa’s Vodacom.
Intelsat will provide more than 700 MHz of satellite capacity on as many as seven satellites within its global fleet for transmission services of Soccer World Cup. In addition, Intelsat will combine this space segment with the IntelsatONE network of teleports, fibre and points of presence, offering end-to-end managed solutions.
World Cup services will include:
* Tape play-out, live shot and transmission services from event locations in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban;
* Live shot locations for non-rights holders at Ellis Park and Soccer City;
* Broadcast and location consultation services;
* In-country satellite newsgathering services; and
* Managed platforms for encoding, multiplexing and compression equipment in High Definition and Standard Definition.