BBC World Service expands reach in Africa

Intelsat Partners with BT to distribute BBC World Services across three continents
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The UK’s BT Group has expanded services on three Intelsat satellites, spanning the Asia-Pacific, Africa and Latin America regions in a move that will increase the reach of BBC World Service.

Under the new multi-year, multi-transponder agreement, BT will leverage capacity from three of Intelsat’s leading satellite neighbourhoods to distribute programming for BBC World Service, a premier provider of global news and content. BT will have access to Intelsat’s teleport facility in Napa, California along with the company’s terrestrial network, IntelsatOne.

The three satellite video neighbourhoods, Intelsat 10-02 located at 1°W, Intelsat 805 at 55.5°W and Intelsat 19 at 166.0°E, combined with BT’s service offerings, will allow BBC World Service to increase its channel line-up and continue access to millions of listeners and viewers throughout Asia Pacific, Africa and the Americas.

Kurt Riegelman, Intelsat’s senior VP, global sales and marketing, said: “BBC World Service has very specific requirements as it relates to its global programming needs, including optimising its distribution and overall operational efficiency.

"By combining our distribution network with BT’s service offerings, we created a solution that provides BBC World Service with international distribution that serves its global audience, and supports its growth objectives. BBC World Service premier content contributes to the nearly 5,500 SD and HD channels distributed across our fleet and can be accessed by tens of millions of viewers across Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America through our media neighbourhoods.”

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“Intelsat and BT have a long and proven track record of leveraging each other’s technical strengths to help advance our customers’ business and growth objectives,” said Mark Wilson-Dunn, VP of BT Media & Broadcast. “The high quality, resiliency and flexibility of Intelsat’s global satellite solutions, combined with the power of its regional video neighbourhoods, make Intelsat the ideal partner to support BBC World Service’s global programming needs.”

Nigel Fry, head of distribution, BBC World Service, added: “By partnering with BT and Intelsat, we know that we will receive a seamless, integrated solution and distribution platforms that enable us to reliably reach our audience around the world.”

 

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