Hispasat preps DTH growth through ILS, SpaceX


Juan Fernandez Gonzalez

| 15 September 2015

Looking to fulfil its direct-to-home (DTH) growth plans for Latin America, Hispasat is preparing the launch of the Hispasat 1F and Amazonas 5 satellites for 2017, and has chosen ILS and SpaceX to carry out the projects.

The Spanish operator previously worked with ILS for the launch of Amazonas 1 in 2004 and has chosen SpaceX and its Falcon 9 vehicle for the first time to put one of the satellites into orbit.

The announcement was made at the World Satellite Business Week, organised by Euroconsult.

Hispasat 1F, which will be built on the SSL 1300 satellite platform, will be located at the 30° West orbital position. It will replace Hispasat 1D and provide additional Ku band capacity for the Andean region and Brazil.

Likewise, Amazonas 5, which will be located at 61° West, will be built by SSL on its 1300 platform. With this new satellite, the Hispasat Group will be able to meet the growing satellite capacity demand, mainly from satellite DTH television platforms in Latin America and Brazil. Moreover, it has Ka band capacity to deal with new Internet connectivity services.

"By putting our Amazonas 5 and Hispasat 1F satellites in orbit, Hispasat Group will strengthen its position as the leader in the Spanish and Portuguese markets and will be able to satisfy the growing demand for telecommunication services in Europe, America and North Africa," said Hispasat CEO Carlos Espinós.