EMP Occasional Use Service on MEASAT-3/3a Makes For Continually Satisfied Clients
Oct 16, 2009, post by Adam Wątróbski
Great collaboration between Europe Media Port (”EMP”) and Asian satellite operator MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd. (”MEASAT”) with a new agreement to deliver enhanced satellite connectivity between Europe and Asia. Combining the newly launched MEASAT-3a Asian video distribution satellite and EMP’s strength as a European gateway teleport, the agreement offers broadcasters a complete range of Occasional Use (OU) services.
The MEASAT-EMP agreement delivers East-West connectivity with bandwidth slices from 4.5 to 36MHz in time increments from ten minutes and up. This flexibility is complemented by the teleport’s turn-around capabilities to and from a wide range of European and Atlantic satellites or via major fiber networks. MEASAT-3a, launched in June 2009 and co-located with MEASAT-3 at 91.5° East, has been crafted to expand video distribution services across the region from Australia across Asia to the Middle East, East Africa and Eastern Europe.
“With this new service, Europe and Asia just got a whole lot closer,” said Christopher Slaney, EMP’s Director of Business Development. “Looking at MEASAT-3/3a we see a great potential for carrying sports feeds, news coverage and special events between these two major TV markets. EMP can downlink feeds from satellites as far away as 45°West and we sit across several major fiber networks. Our Europe to Asia Occasional Use rates is going to be very attractive.”
“We are delighted to partner with EMP to deliver OU services between Asia and Europe,” said Terry Bleakley, MEASAT’s Vice President, Commercial Operations. “MEASAT-3a, expands capacity at our key orbital location of 91.5° East orbital location by 50 percent and with a C-Band footprint covering close to 110 countries we can provide more choice to EMP’s for Ad Hoc solutions.”
This is EMP’s second collaboration with MEASAT. In 2007, the teleport at Nemea, Greece was used to support the relocation of the MEASAT-1 satellite, subsequently renamed AFRICASAT-1, before providing customer uplink onto the satellite.