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Following a review of the Mexican telecoms and media sectors, the country's watchdog, Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (IFT), has identified the dominant players, without naming them, and is taking measures to preserve competition.
Televisa, which has roughly 60% of the pay-TV market and is Mexico's largest satellite-TV and cable operator, has already been notified and detailed in a statement today the "several substantial and restrictive measures" it must comply with.
Saudi Arabia’s Arabsat plans to issue an RfP in the coming weeks for four next generation satellites, including one to be jointly owned by Canadian operator Telesat.
The deal sees Telesat utilising a lifetime Ku-band payload on the Hellas-sat-4 bird to be launched in 2017 at 39E, a slot covering Europe and the Mediterranean that Arabsat bought last year.
Telefonica is still mulling whether or not to take advantage of a call option that would allow it to take over Spanish DTH provider Canal+.
Reacting to reports claiming the Spanish telecoms incumbent was closing in on acquiring media conglomerate Prisa’s controlling stake in the pay-TV company for €800m, Telefonica said it had not taken a decision yet.
SatelliteFinance understands that Intelsat has retained Aon ISB for the launch-plus-one placement of its forthcoming satellites.
The broker has been Intelsat’s placement agent for a number of years, securing a series of multi-satellite package deals including launch-plus-one coverage for eight birds back in 2007.
SatelliteFinance understands that ViaSat and Boeing have applied for export credit agency support from the US Export Import Bank for the ViaSat-2 project.
Sources claim the application has been filed and that it is currently being considered by the US ECA. A spokesman for ViaSat would not comment on the speculation, while ExIm did not respond to press enquiries.
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