World Cup breaks all records for PanAmSat

Satellite operator PanAmSat reports that the World Cup soccer will be its biggest ever operation, providing 17,000 hours of live coverage to 24 countries.

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By  David Cass Published  June 8, 2002

More than 24 global broadcast operations and news agencies in over two-dozen countries are using the company’s global satellite network for delivery of the World Cup. With more than 17,000 hours of video transmission time booked to date, it is the largest special events offering in the company’s history.
PanAmSat is offering global reach, state-of-the-art production and transmissions facilities, and live uplinks directly from remote locations throughout Korea and Japan via mobile transmission units.

“Our global resources, in conjunction with the collective expertise of our onsite special events staff, ensures that millions of viewers around the world experience the excitement of the World Cup,” said Joseph R Wright, PanAmSat’s president and chief executive officer. “Whether a broadcaster is a rights holder or a non-rights holder, whether they need 3 MHz or 54 MHz of satellite capacity, for 10 minutes or 10 hours, they can turn to PanAmSat to deliver the coverage.”

PanAmSat’s special events team has been on site since April to ensure seamless service for its customers. The company is employing over 60 satellite paths and 30 transponders across 11 spacecrafts to transmit the games. PanAmSat, a Type One (T-1) carrier since November 1995, was the first U.S. company awarded this license by the Japanese Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications. The license enables the company, one of the only non-government entities in Japan to hold a T-1 classification, to offer international satellite-based services directly to customers in Japan. Under the umbrella of PanAmSat’s license, customers are able to obtain a temporary operating license in Japan so as to receive and then broadcast the games on their own network.

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