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Israel: Communication satellite superpower

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Friday, May 27th, 2011

As reported in Israel21c

Many people are surprised to learn that Israel is among the world’s top communication satellite superpowers.

Israeli company Spacecom will launch the fourth in its AMOS satellite series this year, to be followed by the fifth in 2012, the sixth in 2014 and more to come.

The AMOS satellite fleet will provide coverage over many of the world’s fastest-growing and highest-demand satellite markets, including the Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), Asia and Africa, and positions Spacecom as a multi-regional satellite operator reaching more than 80 percent of the world’s population.

Rapidly growing satellite market

Spacecom’s AMOS-3 and AMOS-2 satellites, located at Spacecom’s 4°W orbital spot, already provide multi-regional coverage.

“Our focus at 4°W has been CEE, certain parts of the Middle East and the US East Coast,” says Gil Ilany, vice president for marketing at Spacecom.

“We are readying the AMOS-6 satellite, scheduled for launch in 2014, for pan-European coverage, with extended bandwidth for broadband services and additional capacity for the Middle East,” he tells ISRAEL21c.

“We believe that the CEE markets continue to be very viable and growth will continue in the future. The Russian and Ukrainian markets, for instance, are growing rapidly. We also anticipate growth of the TV market in Africa and the upcoming launch of our AMOS-5 will provide a solution for that market.”

AMOS-2 and AMOS-3 provide direct-to-home (DTH) services, video distribution to cable head-ends, broadband Internet and VSAT — small dish antennas that enable satellite communication for banks and other institutions with global branches. They can also help telecommunications carriers extend their reach to rural areas lacking adequate ground infrastructure.

AMOS-5, scheduled to be launched later this year at the orbital location at 17°E, and AMOS-4, scheduled for liftoff in 2012 to a new orbital location at 65°E over the Indian Ocean, will provide fast communication services to enterprises with wide geographical reach in Africa and Asia, such as telecoms, cellular operators, banks, hospitals and government institutions.

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