a516digital.com will go offline shortly. For the latest updates on Twitter go to @rxtvlog or visit rxtvlog.com.

Arqiva and Freesat sign deal securing "Home Transponder" service

A key part of Freesat's infrastructure has been secured following a contract extension with Arqiva.

The communications infrastructure company has confirmed an eight year extension to the contract to deliver fibre data collection and uplink services for Freesat has been signed.

Arqiva's services enable Freesat's Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) to reach viewer's receivers via the Freesat Home Transponder, which delivers updates to receivers via satellite. The contract extension ensures a seamless service into the next decade.

The deal extends a 10-year partnership between the two companies, which dates back to the launch of the free-to-air television service as a joint venture between the BBC and ITV in 2007.

Alex Pannell, Commercial Director, Satellite & Media at Arqiva, said:
“Arqiva has worked alongside Freesat on every step of its journey since its foundation a decade ago, and we are thrilled that we can continue to be part of this project with the long-term extension of our partnership. Over the years we have ensured that our service has evolved alongside Freesat’s offering, and we remain absolutely committed to providing the right technical and commercial solution in the coming years.”

Alistair Thom, Managing Director for Freesat, added:
“We are pleased to continue our partnership with Arqiva and work together to deliver a brilliant TV service to 2 million Freesat homes in the UK. Arqiva's flexible and scalable service will ensure that Freesat can continue to focus efforts on the evolution of the platform for the future.”