Azercosmos and Signalhorn have entered into a partnership agreement to provide uninterrupted, secure and high-quality satellite services throughout Africa via the C Band capacity on the Azerspace-1 satellite.
Using the latest iDirect technology, Azercosmos and Signalhorn will be able to contribute to state-of-the-art and efficient connectivity through the Leuk teleport resulting in a high degree of operational flexibility and agility. Through this partnership, Azercosmos and Signalhorn will provide high-quality internet connectivity and provide more opportunities for humanitarian aid and greater connectivity options across Africa.
Commenting on the partnership, Mark Guthrie, Chief Commercial Officer at Azercosmos, said: “Our collaboration with Signalhorn strengthens our presence in the African region and will bring greater connectivity to this region with advanced, reliable and flexible solutions.”
“The new agreement will deepen the existing relationship between the two companies and allow them to offer their communication services in Africa. We are pleased to have Azercosmos as a partner who helps to make service, networks and communication better,” noted Nigel Gibson, Chief Commercial Officer at Signalhorn.
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, the 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 commercialise 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 company’s strategic development plans 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 at 45° East longitude.
Signalhorn is home to Europe’s leading green teleport and data centre facility, which has provided governments, companies and institutions worldwide with highly resilient satellite communication and data services for 50 years. Signalhorn’s facility in Leuk was first built as a Teleport in 1973 to service transcontinental phone calls and now has visibility on dozens of satellites from 55W to 70E with C-band protection from 5G interference by the Swiss telecom regulators as well as added natural protection across all frequency bands due to local topography.
With 12 acres of land marked for customer development, combined with a solar project that provides 100% green energy, Signalhorn is uniquely positioned to help customers scale their operations and tackle their sustainability objectives into the future.
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