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Arqiva expands into key American markets

Monday, October 01, 2007  
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In a key strategic step, Arqiva, the 2006 winner of the WTA Teleport Operator of the Year, recently expanded its reach into the Americas market. Arqiva is a teleport and full-service solutions provider with extensive networks throughout Europe. Broadcasters and government entities in North America will now have access to the entire Arqiva infrastructure for distribution of their content within and beyond Europe, via the facilities Arqiva recently acquired from British Telecom (BT) Satellite Broadcast Services.

Arqiva has a long pedigree in the UK for excellence as a leader in broadcasting and mobile technologies. With this acquisition, the company now has an inventory of over 100 uplinks at ten international satellite teleports providing access to over 60 satellites worldwide. In total, Arqiva’s resources reach over 90% of the global population.

The US acquisition is the latest in an impressive list of successes, including an award for World Teleport Operator of the Year in 2007 by the World Teleport Association. It is part of a broader purchase of BT Satellite Broadcast Services in Europe for 25 million pounds sterling ($50 million), which was announced in April this year.

From comprehensive, full-time video and data to occasional-use satellite services, Arqiva offers a full array of services for broadcasters in the US via two teleports: one in Washington, DC; and one in Los Angeles, CA. Each teleport offers a wide choice of satellite connectivity options, as well as a dedicated fiber link between the US and the UK.

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 provides much of the infrastructure behind television, radio and wireless communications in the UK and has a growing presence in Ireland, mainland Europe and the USA. Arqiva has its headquarters in Hampshire, with other major UK offices in London, Buckinghamshire and Yorkshire. It now has ten international satellite teleports, over 60 other manned locations, and around 3500 shared radio sites throughout the UK and Ireland including masts, towers and rooftops from under 30 to over 300 meters tall.

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