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Spacecom expands African reach with ViewMedia deal

Spacecom, operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, has announced that ViewMedia will launch a new digital broadcast platform on the AMOS-17 communication satellite.

ViewMedia is the new commercial name of UK-based media content distributor Viewsat.

The satellite is located at the 17°E orbital position above Africa and will provide DVBS-2 broadcast services to West Africa. 

Spacecom is partnering with Satellite Mediaport Services Ltd. (SMS) to provide uplink services for the platform. 

Safia Rana, ViewMedia’s commercial director said: “This is a significant moment for West African broadcasters. Our newest platform will provide an important service to television viewers throughout the region. AMOS-17’s technology is top-of-the-line, enabling us to offer additional and improved services.”

Ido Ginsburg, VP sales North America, UK and Nordic at Spacecom added: “AMOS-17’s KU-band capacity is the perfect answer for Africa’s growing French speaking broadcast market. With its powerful signal, the satellite will enable ViewMedia’s platform to answer the demands of television viewers in urban as well as rural and other low-density population areas. 

“Spacecom is energised to take a greater role in the African market and we look forward to many exciting years providing our customers with the best possible solutions.”