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Thaicom Launches C-Band Broadcast Platform for Content Distribution in Africa

Signs Agreement with Teleport Partner ISAT Africa

Nonthaburi, 29 November 2016 – Thaicom Public Company Limited—one of Asia’s leading satellite operators—announced today that it has signed a contract with iSAT Africa—a fast growing Broadcasting, Data and Internet service provider with teleports in Africa and Europe—to expand its C-band Multi Channel Per Carrier (MCPC) broadcast platform and service into Africa. The service will facilitate distribution of TV channels on the THAICOM 6 satellite.

The MCPC broadcast platform enables Thaicom to expand its broadcast services in Africa from the THAICOM 5 to the THAICOM 6 satellite at the company’s 78.5° East prime video neighbourhood. The platform is a cost-effective solution for African and international broadcasters requiring to develop their content distribution across Sub-Saharan Africa. Teleport operator iSAT Africa will provide ground and uplink services for the MCPC broadcast platform from its facility in Nairobi, East Africa.

“Our MCPC broadcast platform offers TV Channels from across the globe a complete end-to-end solution for delivering their content to viewers in Sub-Saharan Africa,” said Patompob (Nile) Suwansiri, Chief Commercial Officer, Thaicom. "The MCPC broadcast platform supports entry for new channel carriers and complements our growing portfolio of content distribution solutions. We are very pleased to welcome iSAT Africa as our teleport partner to help us in our mission to provide channel carriers the opportunity to reach new audiences in Africa.”

“We are pleased to partner with Thaicom who is one of the leading satellite operators in the world. Our partnered MCPC platform over C-band, further enhances our services and provides yet another unique Broadcasting solution to our existing and new Media customers. The content will be directly uplinked from our teleport in Kenya to offer local presence of international standards to the global broadcast market,” said Rakesh Kukreja, Managing Director, iSAT Africa. “We expect this to quickly become a key video neighborhood for broadcasters in Africa.”

Thaicom’s MCPC media platform is based on DVB-S modulation and MPEG-2 compression technology, and can be received with small antenna sizes in much of its coverage area thanks to the THAICOM 6 satellite’s high power C-band beam.