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18/03/2008

Arqiva Accommodates Future Growth For Setanta

Arqiva's Satellite Media Solutions division has announced that it is providing a dedicated 36MHZ transponder, plus associated multiplexing and uplinking, to support growth by sports TV broadcaster Setanta.
The service comprises of content being delivered via a number of fibre sources and a dedicated multiplex capable of uplinking up to eight channels. A proportion of the available capacity will be used to support a range of interactive services including Sky Bet and the Setanta ISub applications.
Setanta is a leading international owner and operator of premium subscription-based sports TV channels with over three million customers worldwide.
The dedicated transponder will provide Setanta with greater efficiencies in broadcasting their growing number of sports-related channels, which include Racing World, Racing UK, Setanta Commercial, NASN, Setanta Island, Liverpool TV and Arsenal TV, which was launched on January 14.
Richard Sweeney, Chief Operating Officer for Setanta, said: "The demand for sports content continues to fuel our launch of sports-related channels into the UK TV market. Since 2004, Arqiva has consistently provided us with flexible and scalable solutions to support this growth. This has culminated in their provision of a dedicated transponder which enables us to better manage our capacity as we look to the future."
Arqiva operates at the heart of the broadcast and mobile communications industry and is at the forefront of network solutions and services in an increasingly digital world.
The company, which has its headquarters in Hampshire and other major UK offices in London, Buckinghamshire and Yorkshire, provides much of the infrastructure behind television, radio and wireless communication in the UK and has a growing presence in Ireland, mainland Europe and the USA.
John Bozza, Director of Sales at Arqiva's Satellite Media Solutions division, said: "We fully understand the changing requirements of broadcasters working in the demand-driven world of sports television.
"By recognising their needs and helping them to plan ahead for future growth we are able to accommodate expansion while also providing cost-saving efficiencies. Setanta's dedicated transponder is a good example of this and we are delighted that they have chosen to expand their broadcast capacity with us."
Further information about Arqiva is available from: www.arqiva.com.
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