HIspasat announced that The Amazonas 5 satellite has arrived at the International Launch Services (ILS) launch site in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, where the last series of test will be run before its launch, scheduled for September.
The satellite will provide DTH services over Central and South America. In addition, it will enable broadcasting 500 new TV channels and will be key in promoting 4K TV in the region, the company said in a press release.
The Amazonas 5 has an estimated useful life of 15 years and was built on SSL’s 1300 satellite platform. This new satellite, which will be located at 61°W, expands the space capacity of the Hispasat fleet in the American continent.
In addition to its 24 transponders in the Ku band, it incorporates 34 spots in band Ka that will provide connectivity services to more than a half a million people. The Amazonas 5 will offer satellite Internet services as well as transportation or backhaul services to deploy 3G and LTE and even 5G cellular networks.