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Russia’s Tricolor TV plans expansion

tricolorRussian satellite DTH pay-TV provider Tricolor says it will expand services via new additional capacity aboard the ABS-2 satellite, as and when it comes on stream later this year.

ABS-2 is currently being built by Space Systems/Loral, and when launched later this year will provide extra capacity from 75 degrees East, covering the whole of Russia up to the Arctic Circle.

Tricolor is already transmitting on a satellite at 56 degrees East (Bonum-1) and 36 degrees East (Eutelsat W4).

Tricolor was founded in October 2005,acquired by Gazprom Media in 2009,  and according to IHS it is Russia’s largest pay-TV platform reaching (March 2012) 10 million homes.

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