Communications infrastructure firm Arqiva has acquired an additional Eutelsat Hot Bird transponder in a bid to target Poland, Greece and Italy.
Arqiva said that it would use the distribution platform to meet broadcaster demand for an independent HD satellite transponder operator in these countries.
The firm also said it establishing a fibre point-of-presence in Warsaw as part of its Polish expansion plans, before extending this to Italy and Greece.
This will allow it to bring channels back to the UK for onward distribution, and will also allow it to deliver services to Cyfrowy Polsat, the new nC+ platforms, Polish Digital Terrestrial TV multiplexes, as well as Cable TV companies and IPTV platforms.
“This is an excellent opportunity for broadcasters and contents owners to provide HD services into key European markets. As an independent operator Arqiva is committed to supporting our customers’ expansion plans across Europe,” said Barrie Woolston, Arqiva’s commercial director, satellite and media.