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Thaicom Signs First Major Deal for the New THAICOM 8 Satellite with Thai TV Platform Operator IPM


04 August 2016


Thaicom Public Company Limited announced that the THAICOM 8 satellite at the 78.5°E prime orbital position has been chosen to provide satellite transponder services to IPM Company Limited, a leading DTH provider in Thailand. The contract is a major milestone for THAICOM 8 which was launched in May 2016.  IPM is the first customer on the new THAICOM 8 platform.


The satellite capacity will enable IPM to move their existing 4 million satellite dishes to Thaicom’s 78.5°E position. The agreement is in line with Thaicom’s business plan of providing the satellite capacity needed to fuel the fast growth of the broadcast and media industries in Asia. IPM is Thailand’s leading satellite dish provider on the Ku-band with over 4 million subscribers


Mr. Manop Tokarnka, CEO of IPM Company Limited commented, “We are pleased to enter into the partnership with Thaicom through this deal.  With THAICOM 8, we will able to utilize Thaicom’s leading video channel neighborhood and broadcast platform at 78.5°E for the cost-effective expansion of our business including High Definition TV service in the not-so-distant future. We believe Thaicom offers superior satellite performance and customer service over other operators, which is another reason why IPM decided to be on THAICOM 8.  IPM has gone from strength to strength with local content channels as part of our strategy to strengthen the IPM satellite TV platform. Thaicom plays an important part in this strategy.”


Paiboon Panuwattanawong, CEO of Thaicom, added, “I would like to thank IPM for their trust in Thaicom and the opportunity to providing the service quality and flexibility needed to grow their business further.  The Thai TV market is one of the most dynamic and competitive markets in Asia.  We are particularly proud of the fact that IPM moved from a global top 3 satellite operator to Thaicom, which is testament to the trust in us and the tangible benefits that we bring to our customers.”    

THAICOM 8 represents a total solution for broadcast and data clients in Asia and Africa with excellent Ku-band coverage. The satellite supports the high demand for capacity of the broadcasting industry as it transitions from standard definition to high definition and ultra-high definition. THAICOM 8 has a total of 24 Ku-band transponders which cover Thailand, South Asia, and Africa.  Co-located with THAICOM 5 and THAICOM 6 at 78.5°E longitude, THAICOM 8 entered service in July 2016.  The rich video channel neighborhood at the 78.5 E orbital slot is one of the leading in Asia for a variety of programming. Orbital ATK manufactured the satellite and SpaceX was responsible for the launch.  THAICOM 8 is designed to operate for more than 15 years.