New Skies' NSS-7 Atlantic Ocean region satellite entered
into commercial service for premiere broadcast, Internet
and telecom customers on 30 May.
The milestone, says the global satellite communications
company, was capped by a multi-year agreement with BT Broadcast
Services, one of the world's leading broadcast solutions
providers, to launch a new African direct-to-home (DTH)
television service for Media Overseas, a unit of Vivendi
The two companies will deliver a fully integrated, end-to-end
service, using BT's owned and operated Pont de Sevres Teleport
in Paris and New Skies' high-powered NSS-7 Ku-band capacity,
says an official release. BT will uplink Media Overseas'
digital programming packages in Paris to a full transponder
on NSS-7's Ku-band Africa spot beam for direct broadcast
to consumer households throughout Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire
NSS-7 successfully completed in-orbit testing and entered
commercial service on May 30. The satellite, which was built
by Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems and launched
on 16 April 2002, operates from 338.5 degrees east longitude
over the Atlantic Ocean. NSS-7 features nearly 3,500 MHz
of capacity spread over 36 C-band and 36 Ku-band transponders.
In addition, capacity can be flexibly assigned to eleven
high-powered coverage beams, blanketing the Americas, Europe,
the Middle East and Africa, according to a company release.
NSS-7 was designed to replace the NSS-K and NSS-803 satellites
at 338.5 degrees east, combining the extensive television
and Internet traffic from the two satellites to debut as
a premier video and IP neighborhood in the Atlantic Ocean
region. With NSS-7 now operational, New Skies is currently
transitioning customers from NSS-K and NSS-803. The company
expects to complete the process by late August.
Media Overseas deputy managing director Arnaud de Villeneuve
says:"We are especially pleased that the service was up
and running on NSS-7 in time for the first match of the
World Cup between France and Senegal on May 31, enabling
subscribers to watch Senegal's victory in digital-quality
video and audio."
New Skies' senior vice president of sales and marketing,
Rudo Jockin says NSS-7 will serve as a major transmission
platform for broadcasters, cable programmers, news agencies,
ISPs, corporate enterprises, rural telecommunication networks,
and direct-to-home television operators.
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