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Two Bulgarian deals for Intelsat

Bulgarian digital-terrestrial TV infrastructure provider NURTS and telco Vivacom have separately signed new contracts for capacity on Intelsat’s satellite platform.

NURTS, the primary tower company and sole DTT operator in Bulgaria, will use capacity on Intelsat 12 at 45° East to contribute content to its terrestrial towers for DTT services launching soon in Bulgaria. Intelsat said the satellite offered a favourable angle to serve Bulgaria’s mountainous landscape, and that its signals could reach transmitter sites in the most remote and rugged areas of the country.

NURTS operates over 700 transmitter sites across the country and is in the process of switching off analogue transmissions ahead of its planned digital switchover in September next year.

Vivacom will meanwhile use its additional capacity on Intelsat 12 to add high-definition programming to its recently launched DTH platform.