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Spacecom Seeks to Dominate Satellite Communications Industry with AMOS Line


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November 07, 2011

Spacecom Seeks to Dominate Satellite Communications Industry with AMOS Line

By Susan J. Campbell, TMCnet Contributing Editor

A wide range of telephony and entertainment options can be enabled with the launch of satellite communication. Satellites launched and supported by Spacecom offer both broadcasting services and communications to consumers in Europe and the Middle East. The company recently announced the launch of the AMOS (News - Alert)-5 satellite, with plans in place to launch AMOS-4 and AMOS-6 as the company expands to serve additional markets.

An emerging multi-regional satellite operator, Spacecom is publically traded at the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. Its controlling shareholder is Eurocom, Israel’s largest privately owned communication group. The company is currently supporting AMOS-2 and AMOS-3 satellites already in orbit, while AMOS-4 is set to launch in 2013.

AMOS-2 was launched in 2003, aimed at Spacecom’s 4 degrees West orbital “Hot Spot.” The AMOS-2 satellite operates in the Ku-band and provides customer with access to such technologies as Direct-to-home (DHT) TV, VSAT communications, video distribution to cable head-ends and Broadband Internet services.

Take a closer look at the coverage map on this page and you’ll see even parts of North America are covered on the Eastern Seaboard. The advanced features offered through the satellite communications company include the AMOS Atlantic Bridge, providing customers with single-hop, two-way connectivity between the East Coast of the U.S. and Europe or the Middle East.

The AMOS-2 satellite is co-located with the AMOS-3 satellite to ensure complete in-orbit redundancy to ensure total backup capabilities and complete service reliability. Ku-band and Ka-band fixed and steerable beams ensure AMOS-3 is equipped with the capacity and frequencies necessary for a range of satellite services, much like those offered by AMOS-2.

Also located at Spacecom’s 4 degrees West orbital “Hot Spot,” the fixed beams on the AMOS-3 are capable of delivering coverage in the Middle East, Europe and connectivity to the East Coast of the U.S. with the single-hop Atlantic Bridge. With the colocation between AMOS-2 and AMOS-3, customers benefit from backup capabilities and high service reliability.

Spacecom’s AMOS-4 is scheduled to launch in 2013 with a new orbital destination over the region of the Indian Ocean. This satellite communication will provide customers with Ka-band and Ku-band frequency capabilities throughout Central and South East Asia, as well as over Africa and the Middle East.

Once AMOS-4 has been launched, the satellite will round out Spacecom’s AMOS constellation and position the company as a global satellite services provider capable of reaching more than 80 percent of the world’s population.  With the growing demand for communications and entertainment options, Spacecom is leveraging a competitive opportunity for market dominance.

Susan J. Campbell is a contributing editor for TMCnet and has also written for To read more of Susan’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

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