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Spacecom Books Amos 5 Capacity for Africa

LE BOURGET, France — Satellite fleet operator Spacecom of Israel on June 20 announced it had booked a $12.5 million contract with an unnamed African Internet provider for C- and Ku-band capacity aboard Spacecom’s Amos-5 satellite, scheduled for launch by the end of 2011.

Tel Aviv-based Spacecom will operate Amos-5 at 17 degrees east longitude, an orbital slot to which it has access following an agreement with Moscow-based Intersputnik.

Amos-5 is under construction by ISS Reshetnev of Krasnoyarsk, Russia, which is also building the Russian government Loutch data-relay satellite that is scheduled to be launched on the same Russian Proton-M rocket that will carry Amos-5.

“The market for Ku-band is growing in Africa because technology has greatly negated rain interference challenges and has also brought down customers’ initial setup costs,” Spacecom Vice President Eyal Copitt said in a June 21 statement. “Amos-5’s orbital position at 17°E will provide superb signal strength to answer broadcasters’ needs, as well as those of the data market throughout Africa.”


Peter B. de Selding

Peter B. de Selding was the Paris bureau chief for SpaceNews.