Hispasat, Intelsat join forces in Latin America
Juan Fernandez Gonzalez | 14 May 2014
Hispasat and Intelsat will join their satellite network at 55.5º West to improve reach in Latin America. The two operators will relocate Intelsat's Galaxy 11 and Hispasat's Amazonas 1 at 55.5º West for two years, increasing capacity to expand their services.

Under the agreement, Amazonas 1 will provide both operators immediate growth capacity within Latin America for the next two years. Hispasat will use the Amazonas 1 from this new position to provide part of the audiovisual services for Brazil's World Cup. HISPASAT and Intelsat will share orbital resources to expand services available for media and other customers in the region.

"We welcome Hispasat as a partner at the 55.5ºW location. Intelsat has a strong and rich history of providing critical connectivity and content distribution in Latin America. We look forward to working with Hispasat on future opportunities in the region that will further strengthen our combined presence," commented Stephen Spengler, president and chief commercial officer of Intelsat.

Carlos Espinós, CEO of Hispasat, added that "the agreement struck with Intelsat is in keeping with the company's strategic plan, a cornerstone of which is to target growth through alliances with third parties. This deal also enables us to fully exploit the capability and service life of Amazonas 1 and to operate at a new orbital position, thereby further strengthening the Group's position in Latin America."