Algeria plans VOD service on Alcomsat-1
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Rebecca Hawkes
| 14 March 2018

A satellite-delivered video-on-demand (VOD) service is being proposed by Algérie Telecom Satellite (ATS), when Algeria’s Alcomsat-1 becomes operational later this year.

Part of a triple-play offering alongside high-speed Internet and voice telephony, the Algérie Telecom satellite subsidiary will partner two public companies to realise the project. ANS will work with the National Enterprise of Electronic Industries (ENIE) and the Algerian Industry of Telephony (INATEL) for the production of the turnkey system that would include an antenna, a modem and a satellite receiver, reported ITWeb Africa.

“This project aims to provide a service dedicated to individuals through the recently launched Algerian telecommunications satellite, Alcomsat-1. The acquisition of a pack of ATS allows the consumer to have only one antenna with added value,” said Mohamed Anouar Benabdelouahad, president and CEO, ATS.

Alcomsat-1 was launched in December 2017 by China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) aboard a Long March 3B rocket. The satellite will support TV broadcasting as well as broadband communications for remote education, e-government and other services.

Expected to commence service by July, Alcomsat-1 will be operated by the Algerian Space Agency (ASAL).