Canal+ selects Thaicom for Myanmar DTH service
Rebecca Hawkes
| 21 March 2018

Asian satellite operator Thaicom has signed a multi-year with Canal+ for the delivery of its newly launched direct-to-home (DTH) TV service in Myanmar.

The Vivendi-owned broadcast group has leased four transponders on the Thaicom 6 satellite and broadcast platform on Ku-band to deliver a bouquet initially comprising 80 channels.

“Our partnership with Thaicom is a cornerstone in our strategy to grow our business in Myanmar with the capacity to bring our offer to the whole country and make it accessible to most of the population. Thaicom’s powerful satellite resources make it possible for Canal+ to offer a channel bouquet that is competitive both in terms of quality and volume,” said Erwan Luherne, CEO, Canal+ Myanmar FG.

Paiboon Panuwattanawong, CEO, Thaicom welcomed the deal, saying it “proves that satellite technology remains a strong value proposition for broadcast expansion in Southeast Asia. With Thaicom 6, we are well positioned to support the pay TV development in the region. I look forward to a successful partnership”.

Thaicom’s chief commercial officer Patompob Suwansiri called Canal+ “an important strategic partner for Thaicom”, adding that the satellite operator had served Myanmar more than 15 years. The country is part of Thaicom’s long-term ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) strategy.