Satnews Daily
November 30th, 2016

Thaicom Can C Better As iSAT Africa Provides More Channels With Enhanced C-Band Services 

TV viewing just got better as the result of an agreement between Thaicom Public Company Limited and iSAT Africa that expands C-band Multi Channel Per Carrier (MCPC) broadcast platform and service into Africa. The service will facilitate distribution of TV channels on the THAICOM 6 satellite. iSAT Africa's broadcast, data and Internet services are rapidly growing, and with teleports in Africa and Europe they can now expand the C-band Multi Channel Per Carrier (MCPC) broadcast platform and service into Africa.

The MCPC broadcast platform enables Thaicom to expand its broadcast services in Africa from the THAICOM 5 to the THAICOM 6 satellite at the company’s 78.5 degrees East prime video neighborhood.

The platform is a cost-effective solution for African and international broadcasters who need to develop their content distribution across Sub-Saharan Africa. Teleport operator iSAT Africa will provide ground and uplink services for the MCPC broadcast platform from its facility in Nairobi, East Africa. 

Patompob (Nile) Suwansiri, Chief Commercial Officer, Thaicom said, “Our MCPC broadcast platform offers TV Channels from across the globe a complete end-to-end solution for delivering their content to viewers in Sub-Saharan Africa. The MCPC broadcast platform supports entry for new channel carriers and complements our growing portfolio of content distribution solutions. We are very pleased to welcome iSAT Africa as our teleport partner to help us in our mission to provide channel carriers the opportunity to reach new audiences in Africa.” 

Rakesh Kukreja, Managing Director, iSAT Africa added, “We are pleased to partner with Thaicom who is one of the leading satellite operators in the world. Our partnered MCPC platform over C-band, further enhances our services and provides yet another unique broadcasting solution to our existing and new media customers. The content will be directly uplinked from our teleport in Kenya to offer local presence of international standards to the global broadcast market. We expect this to quickly become a key video neighborhood for broadcasters in Africa.”

Thaicom’s MCPC media platform is based on DVB-S modulation and MPEG-2 compression technology, and can be received with small antenna sizes in much of its coverage area thanks to the THAICOM 6 satellite’s high power C-band beam.