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ABU members team up to deliver sport to region

Two ABU members – AsiaSat and Arqiva – have teamed up to distribute sports coverage throughout Asia and Australasia.

The deal will allow Arqiva to use AsiaSat 5 to distribute a wide range of elite sports events, including football, cricket, volleyball and tennis to broadcasters and platform operators across the Asia-Pacific region on C-band.

David Crawford, Managing Director of Satellite & Media at Arqiva Limited, says Asia is a strategically important region for the company, which has recently opened an office in Singapore and introduced a teleport service in Hong Kong where they provide fibre connectivity.

“Our focus on sport is critical to our success in the region and this new relationship with AsiaSat will provide flexible bandwidth and capacity for our customers in the Asia and Australasia region,” he says. “We look forward to developing our relationship and growing our sports business in the region.” 

William Wade, President and Chief Executive Officer of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company, says “the addition of a quality client such as Arqiva demonstrates the value of AsiaSat for the distribution of major sports events in the region”.

“AsiaSat’s excellent access to major Asian terrestrial and pay TV platforms meets our clients’ broadcast and distribution needs for servicing such a wide region,” he says.

“AsiaSat offers occasional use capacity across its satellite fleet for content distribution and live coverage of sports, breaking news and special events in Asia. AsiaSat’s satellites have become an integral part of many broadcasters and media companies’ global content delivery network for distributing entertainment, news and live international sports events such as the Olympics Games and the FIFA World Cup.”