THAICOM Expands its Markets into Africa with the Launch of Africom by Thaicom and Africom-1


THAICOM PLC., one of Asia's leading satellite operators announced the launch of AFRICOM by Thaicom and AFRICOM-1 to provide satellite services in Africa. AFRICOM-1 is the payload dedicated to Africa on the THAICOM-6 satellite, which will be launched in 2013. AFRICOM-1 will provide broadcasters and telecom operators in Africa with a full range of end-to-end satellite communication services via its high-power C-band beams, including Direct-to-Home TV, Digital TV, and modern telecommunication services.

"The launch of AFRICOM by Thaicom is a strategic move by the company as we expand our services to regions beyond Asia, Australia and New Zealand. We see a lot of potential in the African satellite market, and we bring with us 20 years of experience in providing high-quality satellite services and solutions," said Suphajee Suthumpun, Chairman of the Executive Committee and CEO.

"With the launch of AFRICOM, we will provide telecom operators and broadcasters providing services in Africa with the full range of end-to-end satellite communication services via AFRICOM-1‚" high-power C-band beams. We are open for business and have launched our pre- launch marketing and sales campaign at the recent AfricaCom2012 conference in Cape Town to great success‚Äù, added Pradeep Unni, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Sales, MEA.

Thaicom is respected around the world for its innovations and technical achievements in the field of satellite services. The Company was the first satellite operator in the world to develop and launch a broadband satellite; it was also the first operator in Asia to offer the MPEG-2 video standard and Direct-to-Home TV via satellite.

Thaicom presently carries more than 450 TV channels on its platform at 78.5 degrees East, the same orbital slot from where Africom-1 will provide service to the African continent.

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