The SatCom Africa International Fair is being held in Johannesburg, SAR. The Russian Satellite Communications Company are participating in this event for the first time in RSCC’s history. In the run-up to the spacecraft launches scheduled for 2013 – 2014 RSCC are breaking new grounds to offer services that would allow the company to capture a significantly higher share of presence in the world satellite communications market.
23 May 2012, Moscow. It is for the first time ever that the Russian Satellite Communications Company participate in SatCom Africa, the largest regional fair taking place in Johannesburg, SAR on 21 through 24 May 2012. A significant part of the capacity of the Express satellites to be launched by RSCC in 2013 – 2014 might be used to support TV casting and communications in the Maghreb, the Middle East and the South African countries.
‘Traditionally this market relies on SES, Intelsat or Eutelsat satellites. RSCC are also present in this region, in particular by providing services in Northern African countries’, says Mrs. Kseniya Drozdova, RSCC Deputy Director General. ‘We are now in the process of evaluating the fast-growing African market as an extremely promising area of interest for us with this market obviously retaining demand for communications and broadcasting services. And today, at this fair, while offering, in partnership with European integrators, cost-effective solutions for setting up TV/audio casting, VSAT and IPTV networks, we can see the enormous interest shown by regional companies to the Russian space-borne transponder capacities and to our services.
‘Today the RSCC’s share in the African market is 3.3% and this figure might jump up to 29% after placing on orbit and putting in operation new satellites in 2015. Analysts estimate the potential size of the satellite communications market in Africa at $72 billion. And it is predicted to grow by as much as up to 40% over the next five years due to, among other reasons, the introduction of digitized TV casting.’