Azerbaijan-owned satellite operator, Azercosmos has signed a deal with Media Holding, a media firm based in Georgia, according to media reports released on April 1, 2021. The partnership will see Media Holding broadcast its television channels via the Azerspace-1 satellite. Azercosmos is the first satellite operator in the Caucasus region and is owned and controlled by the Azerbaijan government. Azerspace-1 delivers broadband and broadcast services to clients in the Caucasus countries, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and Central Asia.
The financial details of the contract are yet to be revealed by either of the parties. The TV stations to benefit from this deal transmit public, economic, analytical, and cultural information in the Georgian language. These channels include Rustavi-2, Comedy TV, and Marao TV. The Baku-based operator also operates an Earth Observation satellite known as Azersky. Azersky captures data from space to deliver geo-data services and satellite imagery.
Through this agreement with Georgian media, Azercosmos will deliver quality programs in the local language to reach about ninety-nine percent of the viewers. The TV stations will also be available for Georgians living outside the country.“We are very pleased that our Rustavi-2, Comedy TV, and Marao TV channels will be broadcast in high quality over the Azerspace-1 satellite. Thanks to this collaboration with Azercosmos, our channels will now be available to Georgian citizens living in every part of Georgia,” said Zaza Gvelesiani, Media Holding chief.
Azercosmos has signed similar deals this year and is creating a good name as a world leader in satellite services. In February, the firm sealed a deal with an African media company, View Satellite Network, to enable the company to provide digital satellite services to African consumers. “Azercosmos maintains its leading position in the Georgian broadcasting market for more than six years. We are confident that will continue to expand our cooperation with Media Holding in broadcasting channels and live events,” said Yolchu Hasanov, Head of Azerspace Commercial Team at Azercosmos.
The three TV stations will air through the European beam of Azerspace-1, which is 11095/h/30000. Azercosmos was established in 2010 and has grown into the leading satellite provider in the Georgian market over the years. It provides crucial telecommunication capabilities and geographic intelligence to its customers that spread to the nearby regions, including the Middle East and Africa. By 2020, the firm had provided services worth $45.1 million to over twenty countries, including Malaysia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), the United Kingdom (UK), and the United States (US).https://minernews.io/