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Intelsat Satellites to Provide Global Transmission Services of World Cup 2010 in South Africa

June 09, 2010

By using its terrestrial platform, IntelsatONESM, to complement the distribution capabilities of its fleet, Intelsat (News - Alert), a leading provider of fixed satellite services, announced that it is providing global transmission services of the World Cup in South Africa.
As the matches begin, nine Intelsat satellites will provide more than 900MHz of capacity specifically for occasional use services to transmit the World Cup matches.
Intelsat's special events team is on-site to provide services for rights-holding and non-rights-holding broadcasters. Intelsat Managed Services include platforms for encoding, multiplexing and compression in high definition and standard definition, teleport services and fiber circuits from South Africa to the IntelsatONE network inter-connect in London.
In cooperation with its media partners, Aberdeen House Sports Management and VCSS, Reuters (News - Alert) Global Broadcast Services Partner, Intelsat will provide play out and live shot transmission services from soccer City Stadium, Coca-Cola Park Stadium, Green Point Stadium and Moses Mabhida Stadium.
Global broadcasters and content distribution partners alike will rely on Intelsat's extensive infrastructure to deliver the World Cup matches to millions of viewers throughout Latin America, Asia and Europe. Some of those media customers include: Globecast, Arqiva (News - Alert), SIS LIVE, OTI, Albavision, NHK (Japan), 9 Network Australia, Televisa, TV Globo (Brazil) and Megavision (Chile).
Intelsat will deliver World Cup content throughout the duration of the tournament that ends July 11, 2010.

Hans Lewis is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.