Thaicom Expands Broadcast Platform on Thaicom-6 in Africa

Telecommunication Press Releases Monday May 14, 2018 09:30
Bangkok--14 May--Thaicom
  • Signs deal with European content delivery specialist Mediavision to advance broadcast platform via the Thaicom-6 satellite
  • Collaboration to deliver innovative broadcast solutions for European and international programmers to cost-effectively expand their distribution network into Sub-Saharan Africa

Thaicom Public Company Limited (Stock Exchange of Thailand: THCOM)—a leading Asian satellite operator and provider of integrated satellite communications solutions—announced the signature of an agreement with Mediavision—a European based content delivery specialist providing end-to-end solutions to the broadcast and media industry—for the expansion of its broadcast platform in Africa.

The MCPC broadcast platform is a cost-effective distribution solution, providing broadcasters in Europe direct access to Thaicom's content distribution platform at 78.5° east, located on the Thaicom-6 satellite. European and international programmers will also gain access to Mediavision's integrated solutions for linear and non-linear content distribution including Internet Protocol TV (IPTV).

"Thaicom and Mediavision are working together to deliver innovative broadcast solutions that enable programmers to cost-effectively expand their distribution network into Sub-Saharan Africa," said Patompob (Nile) Suwansiri, Chief Commercial Officer with Thaicom. "Thaicom launched its MCPC broadcast platform for Africa in 2016. Now we will be able to provide European and international programmers with immediate access to the African market and TV households. Our African C-band MCPC platform on Thaicom-6 is ideal for broadcasters to enter the African market."

"Our partnership with Thaicom provides European broadcasters with an integrated, end-to-end solution for content distribution via the Thaicom-6 satellite," saidPetrit Bhatijari, Chief Executive Officer with Mediavison. "The Thaicom MCPC platform on Thaicom-6 will enable European programmers who target Africa to develop their content distribution across Sub-Saharan Africa."

Telespazio, a joint venture between Leonardo and Thales, will provide uplink services for the platform from its teleport facility in Fucino, Italy. Fucino, with its 170 antennas and 370,000 square metres, it is recognized as the first and most important teleport in the world for civilian use. Broadcasters will be able to contribute standard (SD) and high definition (HD) content from Europe to Africa via Telespazio's Fucino facility and the Thaicom-6 satellite.


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