Spanish satellite operator Hispasat has signed an agreement with the Goonhilly Earth Station.

The three-year contract has been signed and the famous UK site will have a dedicated transponder on Hispasat 1E.

Steve Jones, Commercial Director at GES said “As part of our ongoing investment in our site’s capabilities we are delighted to offer the broadcast uplink market an alternative, attractive route to market. Working alongside Hispasat, with our collective experience and knowledge, we aim to make it easier for channels to get their content to their customers”.

Hispasat’s chief commercial officer Ignacio Sanchis said the agreement would help Hispasat widen its commercial offer in Europe.

Goonhilly, located on the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall, was commissioned in 1962 and received the first transatlantic images broadcast over Telstar. It also broadcast numerous historic events to Europe including the first lunar landings.