April 27th, 2011
MTN Satellite Communications... Opening The Gateway (SATCOM)
MTN Satellite Communications (MTN) and ERZIA have announced that their joint venture to develop a teleport in Santander Spain has been completed and is officially open. It now serves as a centralized gateway for MTN’s VSAT communications with coverage over the Americas, Europe, and Asia. The facility is located in Santander, North Spain at 43°27’46’’N, 3°48’18’’W. The new facility is one of the first in the world to provide C- and Ku-band commercial service as well as secure X-band service for government customers at a single location. The Santander teleport can see all of the satellites in the GEO orbit from 60W to 65E, thus covering a region from Western Australia to North America, Mediterranean Sea, Indian and Atlantic Oceans. Importantly, the new teleport is strategically located in the intersection of the coverage of Xtar satellites, therefore able to uplink and downlink from both X-band satellites. The Santander teleport provides a significant improvement in network efficiency, reliability, and customer service that augments the MTN worldwide infrastructure of redundant teleports and dedicated fiber optic links. In addition, it has a fully manned 24/7 network operations center providing European time zone coverage and local language operators to deliver quality service to global customers.