Thursday, January 24, 2013

SES, MagtiSat mark new partnership with capacity deal

Satellite Services and MagtiCom -- a mobile and telecommunication company based in Georgia -- signed a deal for a fourth transponder at the ASTRA 31.5 degrees East orbital position after MagtiSat’s first year of operations. MagtiSat is known as Georgia’s first domestic direct-to-home (DTH) satellite platform.

In order to provide high-definition (HD) channels for up to 100 popular Georgian and foreign digital TV channels, as well as 40,000 customers all throughout the country, MagtiSat will make use of four SES transponders. The operator is broadcasting in DVB-S2 standard and MPEG-4 encoding.

The orbital position of the transponders at 31.5 degrees East will deliver superior growth opportunities for Central Eastern Europe broadcasters, and can even accommodate the increasing demand for SD adn HD services in the region.

MagtiCom’s General Director Lars P. Reichelt said that the company’s goal is to provide Georgian customers with world-class satellite TV all over the country, adding that MagtiSat is now firmly established in the TV landscape of Georgia and that the company is happy with the excellent customer feedback. Georgia’s switchover to digital TV broadcasting was successful because of MagtiSat’s help.

Expressing gratitude to their first partnership, Norbert H√∂lzle, SES Senior Vice President, Commercial, Europe, said in a statement: “We would like to congratulate our partner MagtiCom on setting the benchmark for DTH business in the region in its successful first year of operations. MagtiCom’s expertise in delivering telecom solutions and SES’ wealth of knowledge in providing excellent satellite TV signals have proven to be vital in enabling TV audiences across Georgia to enjoy high-quality satellite television channels. We will capitalise on these strengths and continue to deliver more channels to the region in the coming years.”

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