PanAmSat acquires European orbital slots

The purchase strengthens PanAmSat’s position in the European and Middle Eastern markets with expanded service offerings, including digital satellite newsgathering

PanAmSat has signed an agreement with Alcatel to acquire multiple European orbital slots and a satellite with a footprint over Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

As a result, PanAmSat will strengthen its presence in the European and Middle Eastern markets and expand its global reach into key growth regions.

The new PAS-12 satellite, formerly known as Europe*Star 1, will enable PanAmSat to provide a broad range of enhanced services to European customers for program distribution, broadcast contribution and enterprise networking. These include:

  • Direct-To-Home (DTH)
  • HDTV
  • On-Demand satellite services
  • Digital SNG

Under the terms of the agreement, PanAmSat gains the right to the 45 degrees east longitude orbital slot as well as the 47.5 degrees east longitude position.

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