Eutelsat, Hispamar, Star, Telesat fight over Brazilian satellite licences

DetailsJuan Fernandez Gonzalez | 20 May 2015

Brazil's telecom authority, Anatel, has received four proposals for the country's new satellite signals - from Eutelsat do Brazil, Hispamar, Star Satellite Communications and Telesat Brasil.

The four companies have presented proposals and Anatel needs to decide who receives the licences - up to four will be awarded - before the 26 May deadline.

The licences are for 15 years and can then be extended for another 15 years, after which time they won't be renewed.

This makes the seventh licensing process carried out by Anatel since 1998, the last one being a year ago when both SES and Hispamar were awarded licences after paying $44.5 million each.

The process aims to strengthen Brazil's satellite capacity to meet the increasing demand driven by satellite Internet and direct-to-home (DTH) pay-TV services.

Brazil is currently Latin America's largest pay-TV market, closely followed by Mexico, and is set to add 15 million more subs by 2019. Satellite is the leading pay-TV technology, with nearly 70% of all connections