HispaSat, S.A (Hispanic Satellite) is the Spanish satellite operator for the satellites that cover the Americas, Europe and North Africa from orbital positions 30° West and 61° West. Hispasat's fleet of satellites broadcast more than 1,250 television channels and radio stations to more than 30 million homes, as well as providing services for broadband to mobile telephones and landlines.
HispaSat was founded in 1989 and has had a high strategic value both for the Spanish government and for system users. The first HispaSat satellite, launched on September 11th, 1992 was Hispasat-1A The Ariane 4 rocket launched the satellite from the Guyana Space Centre near Kourou in French Guyana. It was put into geostationary orbit at 30° west at a height of 36,000 Km, which is the location of all their subsequent satellites serving Spain and Europe.
The Amazonas satellites (61º West) were inaugurated in 2004 with the launch of Amazonas-1, which serves the American market (mainly Latin America). Amazonas-2 was launched on 1 October 2009 and Amazonas-3 on 7 February 2013 and replacing Amazonas-1, which was moved to a new position at 36º West in September 2013. Amazonas-4A was launched on 22 March 2014. This fleet of satellites will be augmented with Amazonas-4B in 2015. A fifth generation of this satellite series, Amazonas-5, is scheduled for launching in 2017. The development of Amzonas-5 has been awarded to Space Systems/Loral.
Corporate structure and shareholders
The HispaSat Group is formed of Hispasat SA, its subsidiaries Hispasat Canarias, Hispamar Satellites (a joint venture with the Brazilian telephone operator Oi), Hispasat Brazil and associated companies Hisdesat Strategic Services and Galileo Systems and Services.
The range of Hispasat shareholders demonstrate the company's strategic nature both for the government and the Spanish telecommunications market. In 2012 Hispasat's shareholders included representatives from the Spanish public sector, State Industrial Holding Company (SEPI) with 7.41%, and the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI) with 1.85%, and Eutelsat with 33.6% and Abertis with 40.6%.
On Feb 21st 2012, the press was informed that Telefónica would sell Abertis its shares in HispaSat, and the Spanish government authorized the sale in December 2012.
Spanish State: 9,26%
In March 2016 HispaSat redefined the designation system for its satellite fleet to maintain designation coherency as the operator’s fleet is growing.
From this point on, satellites will use HispaSat as their primary name, to which complementary information will be added in reference to each satellite’s orbital position and their order of arrival. Hence, when a satellite changes its location, its designation will also change, adapting it to the satellite’s new orbital position.
HispaSat’s Amazonas satellites will keep their designation since they are fully established on the market with this name. However, HispaSat is using this change to reduce the designation Amazonas 4A to Amazonas 4, given the restructuring of the Amazonas 4B project into Amazonas 5.
For HispaSat capacity onboard other satellites, such as with Intelsat-34, these satellites will also be re-designated in accordance with this new criterion, provided authorization is granted by that operator.
www.broadbandtvnews.com edition March 1st, 2016