Hispasat’s Amazonas 5 becomes operational

Hispasat announced that Amazonas 5 satellite is now in its final 61° West orbital position and has begun to offer the telecommunications services for which it was designed after having successfully passed the exhaustive testing carried out in space.

The new satellite offers coverage over the entire American continent and has an estimated useful life of 15 years.  It will be operated by Hispasat’s Brazilian subsidiary, Hispamar. Through the Ku band, the Amazonas 5 will provide direct-to-home (DTH) television services and will enable the television service providers to transmit 500 new channels. Hispasat said that the satellite will also be key for promoting 4K TV in the region.

The beams it incorporates in the Ka band will provide broadband connectivity and Internet access via satellite services to more than half a million people in several Central and South American countries. Furthermore, the Amazonas 5 will offer transport services or backhaul to operators in the region in order to deploy their 3G, 4G, and even 5G cellular networks.