MyBroadband first reported about the additional satellite capacity that MultiChoice procured in May.
The new satellite, Intelsat 36, is expected to launch in late 2016 and will be co-located with Intelsat 20 at 68.5˚E. MultiChoice has been the anchor customer at the 68.5˚E location since 1995.
“Intelsat’s continued support will enable us to grow our business, providing viewers with high quality programming and compelling entertainment services,” said Tim Jacobs, Group CFO of MultiChoice.
The Intelsat 36 design will feature Ku- and C-band services, with MultiChoice’s direct-to-home services using the Ku-band payload.
“Our agreement with MultiChoice is a clear demonstration of our mission to partner closely with the leading media and enterprise customers in each region, to understand their network requirements and then create the infrastructure that will support their growth goals,” said Intelsat’s SVP of global sales, Kurt Riegelman.