Iñaki Ferreras ©RapidTVNews | 25-08-2011

Spain's satellite operator Hispasat is working on gaining the bid to manage Brazil's orbital space.

A total of seven satellite operators have subscribed for this bidding opened by the country's government to give the rights over four orbital spaces in this country. Among the interested ones are Hispamar -the Brazilian operator Hispasat shares along with the telco Oi, as well as Star One the Brazilian satellite ocmpany controlled by the Mexican América Móvil, belonging to Mexican tycoon Telmex's Carlos Slim, according to the Telecommunications National Agency (ANATEL).

On the other hand Eutelsat, Intelsat, HNS (Hughes), SES DTH and Sky have also introduced their own proposals.

The value each group wants to pay for the right to place geostationary satellites on the four stations offered during 15 years was given to ANATEL and the final bids will be announced next August 30th. The minimum price for each bid is 2,5million dollards aproximately and the same group will be able to get up to 2 out of the 4 licenses.

Currently Brazil has 9 geostationary satellites in 8 orbital positions. ANATELplans to rise this number up to 13 satellites for the telecommunications services in this country to attend the growing demand by the viewers.

The new satellites will have to be oprational by 2014 when the Brazil's World's Cup will be celebrated.

Finally the winners will have to offer traditional telephony, television, broadcasting and data transmissions. They wiill also have to reserve at least 25% of their capacity to cover Brazil's national market.