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Satmex, MNLA Sign Multi-year Deal
The companies inked a multi-transponder deal for satellite Satmex 5, which will later be replaced by Satmex 8 once it becomes operative.
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Satélites Mexicanos (Satmex), a satellite services provider in the Americas, has announced that it has signed a multi-year and multi-transponder capacity contract for broadband data services throughout Latin America with Media Networks Latin America (MNLA), a Telefónica International subsidiary that provides satellite distribution and technical operations services. The announcement was made by Patricio Northland, CEO of Satmex, and Werner Schuler, CEO of MNLA.

MNLA will initially use Ku-band services through the Satmex 5 Ku Band satellite. Satmex 5 has a strong customer base and provides services throughout the Americas from its orbital position of 116.8 degrees West. Once Satmex launches the new satellite Satmex 8 during the third quarter of 2012, MNLA will migrate to the new Satmex 8, which offers several advantages over Satmex 5, including additional capacity, improved geographic coverage and higher power.

"MNLA is the leading video and information wholesale service provider in the region and its long-run commitment to Satmex serves to confirm the capacity of our satellites," Northland said.

Schuler added that MNLA currently provides 400 SD and HD channels and over four million set-top boxes in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Panama and the Dominican Republic. With over two million subscribers they are willing to add more satellite capacity and thus increase its coverage area.
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