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Millicom makes Lat Am DTH move in capacity deal with Eutelsat Americas

International telco and media company Millicom has signed a capacity deal with Eutelsat Americas – formerly known as Satmex – to support its recent move into the Latin American satellite pay TV market.

Millicom has signed a multi-year contract for capacity on the Eutelsat 117 West A satellite that provides premium DTH coverage across Latin America.

It has also optioned additional capacity and service continuity on the Eutelsat 117 West B satellite that will be launched next year and collocated with Eutelsat 117 West A to build up a DTH hotspot over Latin America.
Millicom’s new satellite pay TV platform is operating under the Tigo Star brand and complements cable and mobile services it has already launched in Bolivia and El Salvador.

Commenting on the Tigo Star, Millicom’s executive vice-president for home and digital media, Martin Lewerth, said: “The launch of our new satellite-based service on the Eutelsat Americas satellite at 117° West is another significant step in the transformation of Millicom into a diversified digital lifestyle provider. It adds to our cable services and reaches right across Latin America which means we can now broadcast for the first time to communities and households throughout the region.”