The Israeli government signed a five-year agreement with the fixed commercial satellite communications provider Spacecom Satellite Communications Ltd. worth U.S.$63 million.
The agreement is for the provision of commercial satellite communications services to the Israeli government, and has a provision to be extended for another eight-years that would make the contract worth U.S.$164 million overall.
Spacecom (Space-Communication Ltd.), headquartered in Ramat Gan, Israel, is the operator of the AMOS-2 and AMOS-3 satellites co-located at 4°W, and AMOS-4 at 65°E. Spacecom provides high-quality broadcast and communication services to Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia via direct-to-home (DTH) and direct broadcast satellite (DBS) operators, Internet service providers (ISPs), telecom operators, network integrators and government agencies.
Spacecom’s planned launch of AMOS-6 in 2016 with extended coverage over Europe, Africa and the Middle East, including high throughput satellite (HTS) spot-beams will further enhance its position as an emerging global satellite operator.
Publicly traded in the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, Spacecom’s controlling shareholder is Eurocom, Israel’s largest privately owned communications group. Additional shareholders include Clal Group, Mer Services Group and General Satellite Services Co. (GSSC).
Spacecom’s partners include a variety of leading broadcasters and service providers such as HBO (CEE), MTV (Ukraine and Adriatic countries), Antenna-Hungaria, HDT, and Telespazio (Hungary), U.A. Inter Media Group, IMC, and RRT (Ukraine), Globacom (Nigeria), Infrasat (Angola), and many others throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
The planned launch of AMOS-6 in the third quarter of 2016 will enhance the AMOS fleet, and additional satellites planned for the near future will further expand Spacecom’s reach, reinforcing its position as a leading global satellite operator.
Once launched into the 4°W orbital position, Spacecom’s AMOS-6 satellite will include three Ku-Band beams: Middle East, Central East Europe (CEE) and Pan-European; and 36 HTS Ka-band spot beams over sub-Sahara Africa and Europe.
AMOS-6 strengthens the 4°W orbital location with wider coverage and new services.
AMOS-6 high power and large amount of Ku-band transponders offer Spacecom’s existing and new customers a reliable growth-engine for their business. AMOS-6 enhances Spacecom’s existing service offering by supporting a full range of services, including Direct-To-Home (DTH), video distribution, VSAT communications and broadband Internet.
The co-location of the AMOS satellites at the 4°W orbital location provides in-orbit satellite redundancy, enabling backup capabilities and high service reliability.