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Thailand’s ThaiCom Expands Footprint Through Canal+ Broadcast Into Myanmar

Artist’s conception of THAICOM-8. Image courtesy of Orbital ATK.

Thaicom Public Company Limited, one of Asia’s leading satellite and digital platform operators, announced that it has signed a multiyear contract with CANAL+ Overseas Myanmar, a CANAL+ subsidiary in charge of broadcasting internationally.

This deal is part of CANAL+ Myanmar’s launch of a pay TV Direct-To-Home (DTV) service platform. CANAL+ Overseas Myanmar has leased four transponders on the THAICOM-6 satellite and broadcast platform on Ku-band, which will be used to deliver a new, initial bouquet of 80 channels.

“Our partnership with Thaicom is a cornerstone in our strategy to grow our business in Myanmar with the capacity to bring our offerings to the whole country and make it accessible to most of the population,” said Erwan Luherne, Chief Executive Officer of CANAL+ Myanmar FG. “Thaicom’s powerful satellite resources make it possible for CANAL+ to offer a channel bouquet that is competitive both in terms of quality and volume.”

“Thanks to the launch in Myanmar, CANAL+ Group is able to strengthen its position in South East Asia. We hope that Thaicom will enable CANAL+ Group to broadcast our channels to a large number of households for the best television experience possible,” Luherne concluded.

Paiboon Panuwattanawong, Chief Executive Officer of Thaicom, thanked CANAL+ for their trust in Thaicom’s capabilities, describing that “it proves that satellite technology remains a strong value proposition for broadcast expansion in South East Asia.”

He added: “With THAICOM-6, we are well positioned to support the pay TV development in the region. I look forward to a successful partnership.”

Patompob Suwansiri, Chief Commercial Officer of Thaicom, concurred. “CANAL+ Group is an important strategic partner for Thaicom, which has more than 15 years of experience in serving the Myanmar market. Myanmar is part of Thaicom’s long-term ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) strategy. ”

Thaicom Public Company Limited is a leading Asian satellite operator. Since its establishment, the company has launched 8 satellites. Thaicom satellites board more than 900 TV channels both in Standard Definition (SD) and High Definition (HD) formats. THAICOM-8, the company’s latest satellite, was launched in May 2016 to expand its servicing capacity and footprint in Asia and Africa.

CANAL+ Group is part of Vivendi SA, one of the largest media companies based in France. It is the leading pay-TV group in France, offering premium content networks with the generalist channel CANAL+ and associated channels, as well as its themed networks. It is also the top multi-channel platform and distributor for pay-TV offerings in France.

 

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