[SatNews] Spacecom (Tel Aviv Stock Exchange: SCC), the operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, has been selected for the third consecutive time to provide broadcast services on AMOS-5 at 17 degrees East for the Confederation of African Football's (CAF) Orange Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), Africa's bi-annual football championship competition—the competition is being hosted by Equatorial Guinea and is occurring from January 17 through February 8, 2015.
SatLink Communications Ltd., a global teleport, content management and HD playout services provider, is providing SPORTFIVE Africa, a subsidiary of Lagardère Sports and the European and African leader in the management of marketing and audiovisual rights for sports, with AMOS 5 C-band capacity to uplink directly from the games venue in Equatorial Guinea. In addition, SatLink's teleport will provide all ground services for the contribution of the tournament to Asia and Europe. All games of the continent's largest and most prestigious competition will be broadcast in high-definition (HD) via the AMOS-5 pan-African C-band. The tournament will be played by 16 national teams at four sites in Equatorial Guinea culminating in the championship game from Bata.
AMOS-5 at 17 degrees East is a prime mover of African sporting events—the satellite transmitted the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games from London to Africa, the South African Super Rugby Games and the Nedbank Golf Challenge, Africa's top international golf tournament. AMOS-5 provides high-quality HD transmission of sporting events on both ad hoc and occasional use bases.
"Around the world, sport events are popular entertainment. The Orange AFCON competition is becoming more and more celebrated due to the increasing importance of African football on the world's pitches," said Eyal Copitt, Spacecom's senior vice president of sales for Africa and Asia and marketing.
"The Orange Africa Cup of Nations is becoming more prestigious and interesting, thanks to the high level of skill of African footballers and increasing impact of African football internationally. Therefore, there is significant worldwide interest to broadcast the AFCON tournament and we are happy to have been selected by SPORTFIVE Africa and to take a center role and to provide them with the most reliable and effective solution for such a high-profile event," said Mylan Tanzer, Director Sports Services at SatLink Communications.
AMOS-5 represents a total solution for broadcast and data clients in Africa with excellent coverage, a strong footprint, and reliable and powerful signals throughout the continent. Its three Ku-band beams and pan-African C-band beam add value to broadcasters, data, telecommunication and Internet providers as well as governments and multi-national corporations.
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