Last month, the AMOS-17 satellite was launched to its 17°E orbital position by Spacecom and the newest broadcaster to use it has been announced as Nigeria-based IDS Africa.

Jacob Keret, senior VP sales and marketing, Spacecom (pictured), said: “AMOS-17 will service Nigeria as well as the rest of Sub-Sahara Africa. One of the prime markets we are targeting is that of broadcast. We are looking forward to broadcasting IDS Africa’s content and to working closely with their team.”

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Jacob Keret

IDS Africa will use the satellite to broadcast TV news programming throughout Nigeria as well as to the Nigerian diaspora in Europe. Spacecom says it worked closely with local partner Intertel Nigeria to bring the deal to fruition.

Specifically designed to meet Africa’s fast-moving communication demands, AMOS-17’s digital payload will, according to Spacecom, be Africa’s most technologically advanced satellite, providing extensive C-Band HTS capabilities, Ka-Band and Ku-Band to a range of markets.

It will combine broad regional beams and high throughput spot beams to maximise throughput and spectral efficiency to connect Africa, the Middle East and Europe. 

Amos-17 is exhibiting at IBC2019 on Stand 1.C65