Boeing-built satellites to bring affordable broadband to Europe, Africa and Middle East

Stephen Kuper

A Boeing-built 702 satellite called Amos-17 is expected to provide access and other communications services to underserved parts of Africa as well as Europe and the Middle East.

The satellite launched today from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at about 7pm. It will enter service in a few months after on-orbit tests and moving to its final position over Africa.

Built on Boeing’s 702 satellite platform, Amos-17 will deliver television, internet and data services to a potential market comprising hundreds of millions of people in its coverage regions.

With both fixed and steerable beams, the multiband Amos-17 satellite can provide continual service to long-term customers while moving bandwidth to accommodate short-term demand for high-capacity throughput; for example, during special events or natural disasters.

Chris Johnson, president of Boeing Satellite Systems International Inc, said, “Amos-17 is packed with innovations so that it can support many challenging missions.”


“We are proud to support Spacecom in their use of satellite technology to bring services, promote economic development and foster a greater sense of connection to people around the world,” Mr Johnson added. 

David Pollack, CEO and president of Spacecom, said, “Working with the Boeing team is a remarkable experience. The shared commitment to Amos-17’s performance and advanced digital payload package and meeting our tight time and resource goals is a tremendous win for the Boeing team.” 


Amos-17 will operate from 17° East and will expand and strengthen Spacecom’s coverage of the growing satellite service markets in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Amos-17 will offer Ka-band, Ku-band and C-Band services.

Amos-17 C-band uniquely combines the benefits of HTS (high throughput satellite) with C-band’s superior service availability, making it the best match for any Sub-Sahara project.

The Amos-17 will be a state-of-the-art multiband high-throughput satellite, utilising Boeing’s advanced digital processor platform, that will provide reliable and flexible satellite solutions.

“We look forward to successfully completing our joint mission when AMOS-17 commences operations,” Mr Pollack added. 

The Amos-17 satellite will provide a great fit for Spacecom’s expansion strategy, offering an innovative design with capabilities that provide flexible service offerings to meet the growing demands of its customers.

The provision of the Amos-17 satellite to Spacecom is just the latest milestone in Boeing’s nearly 70-year relationship with Israel. 

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