Thaicom Expands MCPC broadcast platform on Thaicom-6 in Africa

satellite ThaicomThe agreement aims to deliver innovative broadcast solutions for European and international programmers to cost-effectively expand their distribution network into Sub-Saharan Africa. (Image source: Todd Lappin/Flickr)Thaicom Public Company Limited, one of the leading Asian satellite operators and provider of integrated satellite communications solutions, has signed an agreement with Mediavision, a global content delivery specialist, to expand its multi-channel per carrier (MCPC) broadcast platform in Africa

The MCPC broadcast platform aims to provide a cost-effective distribution solution, allowing broadcasters in Europe a direct access to Thaicom’s content distribution platform at 78.5° east, located on the Thaicom-6 satellite.

Telespazio, a joint venture between Leonardo and Thales, will provide uplink services for the platform from its teleport facility in Fucino, Italy. Broadcasters will be able to contribute standard (SD) and high definition (HD) content from Europe to Africa via Telespazio’s Fucino facility and the Thaicom-6 satellite.

European and international programmers will also gain access to Mediavision’s integrated solutions for linear and non-linear content distribution including Internet Protocol TV (IPTV).

“Thaicom and Mediavision are working together to deliver innovative broadcast solutions that enable programmers to cost-effectively expand their distribution network into Sub-Saharan Africa,” said Patompob Suwansiri, chief commercial officer at Thaicom.

“Thaicom launched its MCPC broadcast platform for Africa in 2016. Now we will be able to provide European and international programmers with immediate access to the African market and TV households,” Suwansiri added.

The partnership aims to provide European broadcasters with an integrated, end-to-end solution for content distribution via the Thaicom-6 satellite, said Petrit Bhatijari, CEO at Mediavison.

“The Thaicom MCPC platform on Thaicom-6 will enable European programmers who target Africa to develop their content distribution across Sub Saharan Africa,” Bhatijari noted.

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