Spacecom, operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, and an exhibitor and sponsor at AfricaCom 2019, has announced that a leading Angolan satellite services company has signed a contract for C-Band HTS capacity on the newly launched AMOS-17 communication satellite.
The Angolan company, as yet unnamed, will utilize capacity on AMOS-17 primarily for cellular backhaul to better connect rural and low-density communities throughout Angola.
AMOS-17’s C-band HTS capabilities enable the satellite to target all of Angola with a single beam rather than use a number of smaller beams, as is the case with most other HTS satellites, says Spacecom. This, in turn, the company says, reduces the client’s initial capex costs as well as providing lower ongoing opex costs for the client and its customers. Spacecom's Vertical Solutions Division is supporting infrastructure deployment for the Angolan company.
AMOS-17 is expected to begin commercial services later in 2019. When these services launch, Spacecom will have three satellites serving Africa: AMOS-7, AMOS-4 and AMOS-17.
Spacecom is the operator of the AMOS-3 and AMOS-7 satellites, co-located at 4°W, and AMOS-4 at 65°E. It provides broadcast and communication services to Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia via direct-to-home (DTH) operators, internet service providers, telecom and MNO operators, network integrators and government agencies.