Thaicom Launches C-Band Broadcast Platform for Content Distribution in Africa


Signs Agreement with Teleport Partner ISAT Africa

Nonthaburi, 29 November 2016 Thaicom Public Company Limited—one of Asia’s leading satelliteoperators—announced today that it has signed a contract with iSAT Africa—a fast growing Broadcasting, Data and Internet service provider with teleports in Africa and Europe—to expand its C-band Multi Channel Per Carrier (MCPC) broadcast platform and service into Africa. The service will facilitate distribution of TV channels on the THAICOM 6 satellite.

The MCPC broadcast platform enables Thaicom to expand its broadcast services in Africa from the THAICOM 5 to the THAICOM 6 satellite at the company’s 78.5° East prime video neighbourhood. The platform is a cost-effective solution for African and international broadcasters requiring to develop their content distribution across Sub-Saharan Africa. Teleport operator iSAT Africa will provide ground and uplink services for the MCPC broadcast platform from its facility in Nairobi, East Africa.

“Our MCPC broadcast platform offers TV Channels from across the globe a complete end-to-end solution for delivering their content to viewers in Sub-Saharan Africa,” said Patompob (Nile) Suwansiri, Chief Commercial Officer, Thaicom. "The MCPC broadcast platform supports entryfor new channel carriers and complements our growing portfolio of content distribution solutions. We are very pleased to welcome iSAT Africa as our teleport partner to help us in our mission to provide channel carriers the opportunity to reach new audiences in Africa.”

“We are pleased to partner with Thaicom who is one of the leading satellite operators in the world. Our partnered MCPC platform over C-band, further enhances our services and provides yet another unique Broadcasting solution to our existing and new Media customers. The content will be directly uplinked from our teleport in Kenya to offer local presence of international standards to the global broadcast market,” said Rakesh Kukreja, Managing Director, iSAT Africa. “We expect this to quickly become a key video neighborhood for broadcasters in Africa.”

Thaicom’s MCPC media platform is based on DVB-S modulation and MPEG-2 compression technology, and can be received with small antenna sizes in much of its coverage area thanks to the THAICOM 6 satellite’s high power C-band beam.

Thaicom Launches C - Band Broadcast Platform for Content Distribution in Africa

Thaicom signs deal with iSAT Africa.

Thaicom has announced that it has signed an agreement with iSAT Africa Ltd FZC. iSAT is to provide iSAT’s key customer in East Africa with fully managed satellite telecommunications services including satellite backup of its fiber network.

Under the agreement, Thaicom will provide Internet Protocol (IP) connectivity via the THAICOM 6 satellite in the case of fiber network outages. The full-time, managed service will enable iSAT Africa to provide their client with a fully redundant and highly available backup solution for the provision of uninterrupted broadband services.

According to Patompob Nile Suwansiri, Chief Commercial Officer with Thaicom: “We have seen an increase in the need for reliable and cost-effective satellite communications in Africa. Therefore, we intend to continue expanding our reach and providing our clients with the best possible solution for their business requirements. Thaicom has many years of experience in providing leading telecom operators across Asia with premium cellular and internet backhaul. Our African customers can now benefit from Thaicom’s experience in providing managed network backhaul services as well.”

“We are pleased to partner with Thaicom for yet another solution to provide better services to our customers. ISAT is at the forefront of innovation, while offering flexible managed services across Africa and other parts of the world in the field of VSAT, Broadcasting, Voice, GSM Backhaul and Fiber. Data demand throughout the world is being driven by the increased popularity of connected devices—and Africa is going in the same direction. Satellite services are playing a key role in the development,” said Munish Sharma, Chief Operating Officer with iSAT Africa.

He further added that “Satellite is ideal to extend iSAT’s fiber network via Internet Protocol in Africa to places that are not connected to terrestrial networks. iSAT’s fiber networks cover Africa, Europe, Asia and America. Our collaboration with Thaicom will assist to fulfil the growing demand and offer data services by way of a resilient fiber network while maintaining high standards of Quality of Service (QoS).”

The managed internet backbone and related services provided by Thaicom are based on a point-to-point satellite link between Thaicom’s designated teleport and our customer’s remote site, thus providing uninterrupted access to the network.

Thaicom signs deal with iSAT Africa

Keynote Address: ANL and iSAT Africa - Rakesh Kukreja, M.D, Business Services

 Welcome to the first ANL Annual Broadcast Roadshow. We are excited and honored to have your presence.

The journey at Alldean has been a long and successful one and we owe a part of that success to some of you here today who has been part of that wonderful journey.

For over a decade now, Alldean has been best known as connectivity providers and signal distributors over satellite but as we enter a new era for another successful innings, Alldean Networks Ltd was merged with iSAT Africa ltd, a UAE based wholesale satellite operator with pan African operations and an esteemed member of the Wananchi Group of Companies.

The merger of Alldean with iSAT Africa ltd was a timely and strategic move as it ushered Alldean networks ltd to new possibilities with further advancement into latest technologies. The major breakthroughs that have occurred in the last six months is that now Alldean upgraded their infrastructure including latest Mpeg4, DVBS2 Harmonics hub, DVBS2 IP Data Hub and another key milestone reached is that now we are able to offer Fiber and Wireless based solutions as well as storage solutions for media organizations. In short - it’s an achievement of moving from simple connectivity into a provider of end-to-end solutions for the media industry.

Keeping up-to-date on the new developments on the media connectivity solutions with the decade over experience, Alldean has entered into the new innings with today’s great road show and we do hope to better understand the challenges organizations are tackling and better align our now diversified solutions to meet such specific needs.

Alldean continues to forge ahead with research, test and implement high quality, affordable and reliable solutions to meet the current and future specific customer needs while ensuring the best returns on customers’ investment and for this effect we have built strong and solid partnership with technology giants such as SES, Eutelsat, Intelsat, Newtec, Harmonics, Comtect, iDirect and many others.

As you all are aware that Africa is one of the signatories to the Geneva Agreement that states all broadcasting signals must be migrated from analogue to digital by June 2015. The move from analog to digital will have a significant impact on the media industry and will force us to reinvent ourselves on how we run our media organizations. These futuristic changes will bring in lot of competitors into the digital TV scenario and we already are witness to the many new digital TV channels with regional outlook as well as national outlook compared to the 5 or 6 analog TV stations we had a while ago. ANL will continue to play a vital role in this migration, both to Digital Terrestrial Transmission as well as digital Direct to Home (DTH) satellite over the whole pan-African reach.

The magic word “digital” has invaded our lives and is fast changing the media industry from what it was understood it in the past years. In the present scenario we just need a handheld device to capture and broadcast events in real time.

The internet has obliterated geographical barriers and time limitations and more content is being exchanged online than ever before. Concepts such as multiscreen, TV on Social media, Mobile TV, FM streaming, News gathering on mobile devices and many others are forcing media houses to rethink on how they capture and deliver the content to the end users.

This road show is to broadcast the very fact that we have ushered in to the new era of moving with the best and latest technology and that we have aligned ourselves with the new standards of the broadcast industry.

With great anticipation and hope that the discussions we shall hold today will benefit all of us mutually and with optimism that we shall meet futuristic need of the digital world successfully, thank each one of you who are here and part of our journey .

Thank you.

Keynote Address: ANL and iSAT Africa - Rakesh Kukreja, M.D, Business Services

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