Once Again AMOS-5 Provides HD Sports Experience to All of Africa
Spacecom (Tel Aviv Stock Exchange: SCC), operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, today announced that it has been chosen to provide broadcast capacity for the 29th African Cup of Nations (AFCON) to be held in South Africa from 19 January through 10 February 2013. Spacecom’s AMOS-5 satellite at 17°E will transmit every single game from all five South African stadiums in high-definition (HD) via its pan-African C-band.
AMOS-5 at 17°E has been a prime mover of African sporting events since beginning operations in January 2012. The communications satellite has transmitted both the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games from London to Africa, and the recent South African Super Rugby Games. AMOS-5 provides high-quality HD transmission of sporting events on both ad hoc and occasional use bases.
“Sports entertainment is spectacularly popular and a growing sector in the broadcast field, especially in South Africa. Spacecom is excited to have AMOS-5 at 17°E bring its high-quality HD transmission to all of Africa,” said Eyal Copitt, Spacecom’s senior vice president of sales for Africa and Asia. “AFCON showcases the fast moving pageantry of Africa’s best football players. The broadcaster’s choice of our satellite reflects its confidence and understanding of our inherent advantages in providing service for the entire African continent.”
AMOS-5 serves Africa from the 17°E orbital position with a high power pan-African C-band and three Ku-band beams that together cover the entire continent with connectivity to Europe and the Middle East. The satellite is quickly becoming a key carrier of African satellite communications traffic in both broadcast and data services.