Juan Pablo Conti ©RapidTVNews | 22-09-2011

Media Networks Latin America (MNLA) has signed a deal with Mexican satellite operator Satmex to expand its broadband transmission capacity in the region.

The contract will give the Telefónica subsidiary that provides wholesale TV distribution services access to a larger lumber of transponders, initially on the Ku-band frequency of the Satmex 5 bird, located in the 116.8 degrees west orbital position.

In 12 months time, when the Mexican operator plans to have the new Satmex 8 operational, MNLA will migrate to the more powerful broadband spacecraft.

In other developments, the Telefónica subsidiary – which currently provides over 400 standard and HD TV signals and has rolled out more than four million set-top boxes throughout Latin America – has confirmed a new client in Brazil. There, regional telco Sercomtel has handed MNLA a US$1.6 million contract to help it launch a pay-TV service via DTH.

Sercomtel TV, as the service has been branded, will require an initial investment of 6.2 million Reais (US$3.6 million). Part of that money will be spent on acquiring two licences, one needed for satellite communications and another one required by the Brazilian government for TV and radio broadcasts.

The rest of the funds will go the purchase of the equipment necessary to begin rolling out the DTH service, mainly the customer premise equipment such as set-top boxes, smart cards and satellite dishes.

The pay-TV service will initially be available in nine regions within the Parana state, starting from the end of this year.