GlobeCast targets Russia/CIS
December 8, 2011
By Chris Forrester
Satellite services company GlobeCast is expanding its satellite capacity over Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) with a new Ku-band platform on the Yamal-201 satellite. The move adds significant extra capacity in order to tap into the many cable operators throughout the CIS.
Uplinked from Moscow, and located at 90°E, GlobeCast’s distribution platform on Yamal-201 will offer FTA (Free-to-Air) or encrypted channels very wide coverage from Eastern Europe to east of Japan, and from North China up to Siberia.
The satellite has been live since 2003 and boasts more than 70 diverse prime Russian and regional programs, with 90 per cent penetration of cable operators and a potential reach of more than 16 million homes.