Rebecca Hawkes | 26-09-2013
ViewSat, a global provider of broadcast and transmission services, has leased a second satellite transponder to serve customers in the Middle East and North Africa from the 7/8 degree West orbital slot.
The company has also installed a 9m antenna at its UK headquarters to uplink television and radio channels.
"We began pre-selling the additional capacity a month prior to the launch of the new transponder and the demand and reception have been extremely encouraging. This gives us the confidence to make such large scale investments," said Awaes Jaswal, CEO, ViewSat.
"By identifying key areas and strategically building upon our already extensive services portfolio, we are constantly evolving our offerings to cater to regional demands. The new transponder is just the latest instalment in what has been an ongoing effort over the last eight years to establish ourselves as the provider of choice for broadcast organisations."
Middle East broadcasters account for one third of ViewSat's customer base and the region is key to the company's overall growth, said Jaswel.
ViewSat has recently unveiled its Web streaming services for television channels, to deliver news, political content and live broadcasts via the Internet. An additional antenna for the Eutelsat 8 West B (E8WB) satellite is also to be constructed for use by 2015.
"With its wider coverage and anti-jamming capabilities this satellite will help us further increase the reliability and scope of our services," added Jaswal.