MultiChoice becomes anchor tenant on Intelsat 36

June 12, 2014 10.56 Europe/London By Julian Clover

MultiChoice AfricaAfrican pay-TV provider MultiChoice has signed a 15-year service agreement with Intelsat. MultiChoice will take capacity on Intelsat 36, the new satellite launching in late 2015 to 68.5 degrees East, the orbital slot it has used since 1995.

“MultiChoice’s success is built upon offering our subscribers the best content and customer experience. By growing our presence at Intelsat’s 68.5 degrees East neighbourhood, we continue to bring our customers new and innovative services,” said Tim Jacobs, Group CFO of MultiChoice. “Intelsat’s continued support will enable us to grow our business, providing viewers with high quality programming and compelling entertainment services.”

“Our agreement with MultiChoice is a clear demonstration of our mission to partner closely with the leading media and enterprise customers in each region, to understand their network requirements and then create the infrastructure that will support their growth goals,” said Intelsat’s SVP of Global Sales, Kurt Riegelman. “Since 1965, Intelsat has committed to and invested in Africa’s communications and broadcast infrastructure. This has resulted in robust satellite coverage and Intelsat’s position as the leading provider of satellite services in the region.”

The Intelsat 36 design will feature Ku- and C-band services. The MultiChoice DTH services will run on the Ku-band payload. The C-band payload will provide services to other customers using the premier Intelsat 68.5 degrees East video neighbourhood, which also distributes content to South Asian cable communities.