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MultiChoice signs up for new Intelsat satellite

Intelsat 20 in orbit

Intelsat 20 in orbit

South Africa-based DTH pay TV provider MultiChoice has signed a new 15-year service agreement with Intelsat to deliver services to sub-Saharan Africa via the operator’s new Intelsat 36 satellite, expected to be launched in late 2016.

The satellite will be co-located with Intelsat 20 at 68.5˚ East, Intelsat’s main DTH spot for Africa. MultiChoice has been the anchor customer at the 68.5˚ East location since 1995.

The MultiChoice DTH services will utilize the Ku-band payload on the satellite, while its C-band payload will provide services to other customers.

“MultiChoice’s success is built upon offering our subscribers the best content and customer experience. By growing our presence at Intelsat’s 68.5˚E neighborhood, we continue to bring our customers new and innovative services,” said Tim Jacobs, Group CFO of MultiChoice.

“Intelsat’s continued support will enable us to grow our business, providing viewers with high quality programming and compelling entertainment services.”