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Intelsat strikes new deal with Telenor for 1° West

Satellite operators Intelsat and Telenor Satellite have agreed to extend their partnership at the 1° West orbital slot.

Intelsat has taken additional capacity on the Thor 5 and Thor 7 satellites, providing it with space to grow its DTH business in central and eastern Europe.

Intelsat said that the agreement would enable it to support the growth of its media customers bringing content to and from the region as well as enhance access to Intelsat’s own DTH platform at 1° West.

The orbital slot serves over 2.2 million DTH households in Romania, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

“The agreement with Intelsat is core to our broadcast household reach within Central and Eastern Europe and it is essential in order to continue the positive development in the region. We have a strong and positive commercial relationship with Intelsat, which we look forward to proceed,” said Ole Ledang, Director of the Broadcasting Division of Telenor Satellite.

“The 1º West neighborhood delivers significant advantages to broadcasters who are looking to expand their channel distribution in this fast -growing market,” says Rob Cerbone, Intelsat’s Vice President and General Manager, Media, stated, “Through our partnership with Telenor, we are able to meet our customers’ increasing broadcast demands, facilitate their growth objectives and provide them with quick, cost-efficient access to DTH and cable systems in Central and Eastern Europe.”