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First major deal for Thaicom 8 satellite

Thaicom, one of Asia’s leading satellite operators, has announced that the Thaicom 8 satellite at the 78.5°E prime orbital position has been chosen to provide satellite transponder services to IPM, a DTH provider in Thailand. IPM is the first customer on the new Thaicom 8 platform, which was launched in May.

The satellite capacity will enable IPM to move its existing 4 million satellite dishes to Thaicom’s 78.5°E position. The agreement is in line with Thaicom’s business plan of providing the satellite capacity needed to fuel the fast growth of the broadcast and media industries in Asia.

Manop Tokarnka, CEO of IPM Company Limited commented, “We are pleased to enter into the partnership with Thaicom through this deal. With Thaicom 8, we will able to utilise Thaicom’s leading video channel neighbourhood and broadcast platform at 78.5°E for the cost-effective expansion of our business including High Definition TV service in the not-so-distant future. We believe Thaicom offers superior satellite performance and customer service over other operators, which is another reason why IPM decided to be on Thaicom 8. IPM has gone from strength to strength with local content channels as part of our strategy to strengthen the IPM satellite TV platform. Thaicom plays an important part in this strategy.”

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