Spacecom (TASE: SCC) operates the AMOS satellite fleet, currently consisting of the AMOS-2, AMOS-3 and AMOS-5 satellites. AMOS-2 and AMOS-3, co-located at the 4°W "Hot Spot" orbital position, deliver a wide range of communications and broadcasting services to Europe and the Middle East. AMOS-5, located at the 17° E orbital position, offers a pan-African C-band beam, connecting Europe and the Middle East alongside three Ku-band regional beams, enabling it to be a prime carrier of African traffic in both broadcast and data services. With the launch of the AMOS-4 and AMOS-6 satellites, Spacecom will expand its reach to serve additional markets, including Asia and Russia, strengthening its position as a multi-regional satellite operator.
Publicly traded at the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, Spacecom's controlling shareholder is Eurocom, Israel's largest privately owned communication group, with additional shareholders including Clal Group, Mer Services Group and General Satellite Services Co. (GSSC).
Milestones and Roadmap
May 1996 - AMOS-1, the first satellite operated by Spacecom, was launched and provided geostationary services until mid-2008.
December 2003 - Spacecom launched AMOS-2 to the 4°W orbital slot, where it is expected to provide services through 2016.
April 2008 - AMOS-3 was launched to the 4°W orbital position, broadening Spacecom's service offerings with additional capacity, expanded coverage areas and advanced capabilities, including Ka-band and steerable beams.
December 2011 - AMOS-5, launched to the 17°E orbital location, delivers high-power C-band and Ku-band capacity to the entire African continent, with access to Europe and the Middle East.
2013 - AMOS-4 is scheduled to launch to the 65°E orbital location. Its steerable Ku-band and Ka-band beams will extend Spacecom’s footprint to Asia and Russia. AMOS-4 will also include Ka-band beams with coverage over the Middle East and Europe.
Q1 2015 - AMOS-6 is planned for launch, to be co-located at the 4˚W orbital position with AMOS-2 and AMOS-3. It will provide steerable Ku-band with Pan-European and Middle East coverage, and a Ka-band beam for broadband services with coverage in Africa and Europe.
Looking ahead, Spacecom is currently evaluating other international satellite ventures.
Spacecom provides broadcasting and communications services to DTH operators, TV broadcasters and programmers, government and corporate organizations, and VSAT network operators. The AMOS fleet offers a 4˚W orbital "Hot Spot" for the Middle East and Central and Eastern Europe, and services over Africa from the 17°E orbital location.
AMOS satellite transmissions are received by most cable head-ends in Central and Eastern Europe and currently serve DTH platforms carrying more than 400 channels, some of which are HD channels. Major DTH players such as T-Home in Hungary, YES in Israel, Magio-Sat in Slovakia and Xtra TV in Ukraine anchor the fleet. Other value-added services include video, audio and data distribution, broadband Internet via satellite, GSM backhaul, uplink services and end-to-end tailored solutions.
The AMOS superior G/T and EIRP platforms over Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East, make the satellite ideally suited for reception of DTH TV with the smallest antennas, as well as for two-way communications delivering the highest bit-rates to remote locations where terminals are limited in size, power, and sometimes require mobility. Additionally, the co-location of the AMOS-2 and AMOS-3 satellites enables back-up capabilities over the Middle East, Europe, and connectivity with the East Coast of the United States.
Spacecom’s partners include a variety of leading broadcasters and service providers such as HBO (Central and Eastern Europe), MTV (Ukraine and Adriatic countries), Antenna-Hungaria, HDT and Telespazio (Hungary), U.A. Inter Media Group, IMC and RRT (Ukraine), DRS Technologies (U.S.), Orange France-Telecom (France) and many others throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa.