The agreement, which was finalised last week, will provide Slovak Telekom with three new transponders for extra capacity so that it can bring more content to its customers. Slovak Telekom plans migrate distribution feeds from its current provider to 1-West.
The deal will enable the telco to expand its presence in the region and launch new channels aimed at the Czech Republic.
Commenting on the development, Intelsat sales director Daniel Sheppard said: “This collaboration exemplifies how satellite can be used to provide flexible growth options at a pace with which no other technology can compete.
“Slovak Telekom is partnering with Intelsat to deliver the best quality DTH service available in the CEE region to the broadest possible audience”.
Lukas Koval, DTH expert at Slovak Telekom, added: “Satellite capacity extensions allow us to deliver a quality viewing experience and a portfolio of channels based on customer expectations.
“There is also a chance to start analysing 4K possibilities. The trend and attractivity of IP-based TV services are significant, however, we also see the demand for such a traditional and approved pay-TV service like satellite broadcast”.
Marcel Satanek, head of PM TV / connected home & terminal management at Slovak Telekom, said: “Since 2012, Slovak Telekom has provided reliable, sustainable and futureproof DTH service thanks to fruitful collaboration with Intelsat. The long-term cooperation proves that together we can handle complicated challenges that can occur during the standard product life cycle. Thanks to Intelsat, we can handle issues easier and deliver the expected quality and customer satisfaction”.