New DTH platform for Philippines
May 24, 2016
By Chris Forrester
Sky Cable, the Philippines largest cable MSO is leasing “multi-transponders” on SES-9, the latest addition to the SES fleet for a new DTH service over the complete Philippines archipelago.
SES-9 will operate from 108.2 degrees East, and the contracted capacity will enable Sky Cable to effectively roll out a DTH satellite TV service across 251 cities and municipalities in the Philippine archipelago, complementing its existing cable offerings.
Sky Cable currently offers cable TV services for 55 HD channels to 800,000 subscribers in 19 cities and municipalities in the Philippines
SES-9 is scheduled to enter service mid-year to provide incremental and replacement capacity at SES’s prime neighbourhood of 108.2 degrees East which reaches 22 million homes.
“The geography of the Philippines presents a unique set of challenges for fibre or terrestrial connectivity. Our satellites are able to overcome these limitations and provide comprehensive and high-powered coverage over the entire archipelago including under-connected areas in the Philippines. We are glad to support Sky Cable as they use both ground and space infrastructure to expand their TV audience reach,” says Deepak Mathur, SVP/Commercial, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East at SES. “This latest contract on SES-9 shows the continued momentum of serving our prime DTH neighbourhoods on our largest satellite dedicated for Asia-Pacific.”