Intelsat, Eutelsat's success reinforces LATAM's DTH capacity


Juan Fernandez Gonzalez

| 22 August 2015

Latin America's capacity for video transmission and media services is set for a boost, following this week's successful launch of the fourth Ariane 5 flight with both a Eutelsat and an Intelsat satellite on board.

Departing from the Spaceport in French Guiana, Arianespace’s workhorse vehicle deployed Eutelsat 8 West B and Intelsat 34 into geostationary transfer orbit.

While Eutelsat's satellite reinforces broadcasting capacity for Africa and West South America, Intelsat 34 is a C- and Ku-band satellite that will deliver media distribution services for blue chip media powerhouses including Fox Sports and HBOLA. Replacing the Intelsat 805, it will significantly reinforce Brazil's direct-to-home (DTH) industry, as it will carry GVT's satellite pay-TV services, which now belong to Telefónica's Vivo.

“Intelsat 34 is a great example of the breadth of services that Intelsat’s satellites are able to provide to communities around the world”, said Stephen Spengler, CEO, Intelsat. “With services spanning from DTH and cable programming distribution to broadband for vessels and planes traversing the North Atlantic, Intelsat 34 demonstrates our role in delivering broadband infrastructure and media distribution with superior reliability”.

Eutelsat 8 West B will introduce, in addition to satellite services for Africa, a C-band mission with 10 physical transponders connected to footprints covering the African continent and west of South America.