Israel’s Spacecom has won a useful UK pre-launch order for capacity aboard its Amos-17 C-band satellite currently under construction by Boeing.
The contract was secured with the Cobbett Hill Earthstation Ltd and covers beams that are scheduled to be in place during Q2/2019 and operating from 17 degrees East, and focussed on Southern Africa.
Amos-17 is specifically designed for meeting the growing demands of the African continent, says Spacecom. With extensive Ka-band, Ku-band and C-Band HTS services, the satellite will combine broad regional beams and high throughput spot beams to maximize throughput and spectral efficiency from the 17°E orbital position.
Spacecom’s Ido Ginzburg, VP/Sales North America, UK and Nordic, commented, “We are very happy to have Cobbett Hill return to our client list. They were one of our first partners over 10 years ago and to have them back with us for Amos-17 is a great sign of things to come. Our new satellite will be the most technologically advanced to service Africa and will deliver a large variety of services from its state of the art digital payload. The satellite will connect Africa, Europe and the Middle East, creating a unique bridge for furthering a new digital age in Sub-Sahara Africa in which satellite services will be at the centre.”