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Azercosmos and Globecast extend partnership to deliver satellite services to Africa

(1 September 2020 - Azercosmos) Azercosmos has signed an extended partnership agreement with Globecast to increase capacity and coverage across Africa.

As a result of this expanded relationship with Azercosmos, Globecast is able to supply its customers across the continent with increased C-band capacity on the Azerspace-1 satellite.

Globecast's platforms and their customers can now easily receive signals from the Azerspace-1 satellite and provide general entertainment, news, sports and special events coverage to viewers even in the most remote areas of the African region.

As an example of the benefits of the relationship, the hugely popular Big Brother Naija Reality Shows will be aired exclusively on the Multichoice DSTV platforms across Africa utilizing Azerspace-1’s contribution coverage capacity to ingest the feeds into Multichoice’s Command Centre throughout the year. The feeds are being uplinked in Nigeria and downlinked by both Multichoice and Globecast, the latter for redundancy.

“The high-quality coverage provided by the Azerspace-1 satellite is central to our partnership, alongside the technical support we receive. This cooperation provides increased opportunities and flexibility for our customers," said Jacques Andreou, Engineering Manager at Globecast.

"Globecast’s adaptable and innovative approach to the market is an important part of our service offering and allows us to achieve great success across Africa," said Mark Guthrie, Chief Commercial Officer at Azercosmos.

About Azercosmos

Azercosmos is the premier satellite operator in the South Caucasus. Azerspace-1, the telecommunication satellite operated by Azercosmos, provides highly-reliable broadband and broadcast solutions to its customers in Europe, Africa, Middle East, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. The satellite was launched in February 2013 and is equipped with 24 C-band transponders and 12 Ku-band transponders and is located at 46° East longitude. In December 2014, Azercosmos took over the rights to operate and commercialize Azersky, a high resolution (1.5m imagery products) optical Earth observation satellite and entered into the commercial business of Earth observation services, including Geo-Information services. The strategic development plans of the company included enhancing the coverage area and spectrum of satellite services. For this purpose, in 2018, Azercosmos launched its second telecommunications satellite Azerspace-2 in a geostationary orbit 45° East longitude.

About Globecast

Globecast helps customers to manage content and to deliver it wherever, however and whenever required. The company provides agile and seamless content acquisition, management and distribution services globally, constantly innovating and investing in new technologies to create customer-centric new services. Globecast has created the number one global hybrid fiber and satellite network for video contribution and distribution. It delivers any type of video service including TV Everywhere OTT, satellite, cable, video-on-demand and CDN delivery using cloud-enabled media solutions. It supplies Content Acquisition, Aggregation and Distribution (CAAD) services to over 250 networks.