Satellite Mediaport Services (SMS) will act as the European Gateway for the newly operational AMOS-17 communication satellite.
Spacecom’s Amos-17 is to launch on August 3 from Cape Canaveral.
A special committee of telecommunications company Bezeq has backed the continued use of satellite – and with it the Amos system – rather than alternative distribution methods.
Spacecom says it hasn’t formally concluded talks with the Chinese investors lined up to buy the platform, but admits there have been no recent conversations.
The Ukrainian broadcaster StarLightMedia has switched the distribution of its channels from Amos-2 to Amos-3.
Spacecom has announced it is to procure a new satellite from Boeing Satellite Systems International in a deal worth US$161 million.
Bezeq, the Israeli telco that runs DBS Satellite Services’ Yes pay-TV platform, has warned of a reduction in services if a replacement craft for the failed Amos 6 cannot be found.
It looks as if Spacecom finally has a buyer. The Israeli satellite system was put on the market in December 2013, but only now has a taker been found.
Spacecom’s AMOS-5, located at 17 degrees East, is now providing a hybrid satellite-cellular communications solution in Africa.
The Amos-4 communications satellite has successfully arrived at 65 degrees East, its designated permanent service location.