Newtec’s MENOS content exchange system will be expanded into Africa in mid-2010 as new satellite capacity becomes available, an executive from the company has told DPME.com.
The service is operating at near capacity at present as public and commercial broadcasters look to sign-up to the service originally conceived for ASBU members.
“Our immediate limit to expansion is satellite capacity,” said Simon Pryor, MENOS marketing manager at Newtec. “There is a little room for expansion at the moment but this should be resolved by the middle of this year when we acquire additional bandwidth.”
The MENOS content exchange aides collaboration and contribution for its member and is currently operational in the Middle East and North Africa.
“We will look to expand the geographical coverage and also to provide more capacity in existing markets as the average usage per country increases,” added Pryor.
“There has been interest from throughout Africa not just the North. Despite all the new submarine cables that are being rolled out around Africa and the Middle East satellite has a very complementary role to play in providing services to the entire population.”
Pryor also revealed that new customers will move begin using MENOS as soon as the additional capacity goes live later this year.