Amos


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.  […]

Amos-17 gets set for lift-off

Israeli satellite operatorSpacecom’s latest satellite, Amos-17, is completing the final stages of its pre-launch preparation ahead of take-off later this summer for the 17°East orbital position. Amos-17 has beendesigned to targetthe African market. The craft’s C-band,Ka-band and Ku-bandcapacity will enable ti to provide broad regional beams and high throughput spot beams across Africa. Equipped with a digital payload from Boeing Satellite […]

Spacecom creates division to target new business opportunities

Israel-based satellite operator Spacecom has created a ‘vertical solutions division’ to target service providers as well as mobile operators, government programmes and other commercial groups operating in the data, mobile, and video markets. Spacecom says that its new division provides value to customers by enabling them to reach a broader range of new business opportunities as […]

Spacecom secures deal with Nepal’s Dish Media Network

Nepalese DTH pay TV operator Dish Media Network has taken additional capacity on Spacecom’s Amos-4 satellite, which operates at the 65° East orbital slot. Dish Media Network operates Dishhome, a DTH pay TV offering with nationwide coverage. The service plans to expand its offering, adding more HD channels and launching UHD services. Dishhome’s capacity on […]

Spacecom’s Amos-17 now in production

Israeli satellite operator Spacecom’s latest satellite, Amos-17, has completed its ‘critical design review’ and is now in production. The satellite, which is specifically designed for Africa, is scheduled for launch in early 2019 and will operate at the 17° East orbital slot. Amos-17, which will strengthen Spacecom’s coverage in Africa, the Middle East and Europe, […]

SpaceX explains cause of Amos-6 explosion

SpaceX has identified the fault that caused Spacecom’s Amos-6 satellite to be destroyed in a launchpad explosion last September. SpaceX said that the fault was caused after three composite overwrapped pressure vessels (COPVs) inside the second stage liquid oxygen (LOX) tank failed. “Specifically, the investigation team concluded the failure was likely due to the accumulation […]

Spacecom to receive US$196m insurance payout for Amos-6

Spacecom is set to receive a US$196 million (€177 million) insurance payout for its Amos-6 satellite, which was destroyed in a launch-pad explosion in September. Spacecom said it has been informed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) that IAI’s insurers will pay US$196M – the full amount that was paid to IAI for the construction and […]

Chinese telecom group to acquire Spacecom

Israeli satellite operator Spacecom is to be sold to China’s Beijing Xinwei Technology Group for US$285 million (€253 million) in a deal that values the operator of the Amos satellites at a significant premium to its average stock price for the last month. Under the terms of the deal, the Chinese conglomerate will reportedly take on ILS1.478 […]

Spacecom providing hybrid cellular-satellite broadband in Cameroon

Satellite operator Spacecom is providing rural settlements and educational institutions in Cameroon with hybrid cellular and satellite-delivered broadband via the Amos-5 satellite at 17° East. Spacecom is cooperating with Ringo S. A., a Cameroon ISP, to supply over 120 educational institutions, community centers and rural villages with broadband internet connections. The solution allows users to […]

Spacecom puts itself up for sale

Spacecom, the Israeli operator of the Amos fleet of satellites, has put itself up for sale, according to a filing with the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. The firm said in the statement that its board was exploring the possibility of a merger or acquisition and is currently seeking advice from an unnamed “international investment bank.” […]