Arqiva and Freesat renew 10-year digital satellite transmission partnership

Deal extends a 10-year partnership between the two companies through to 2025.

UK, London, 06 December 2017: Arqiva, the leading UK communications infrastructure and media services provider, today announced the 8-year extension of its contract to deliver fibre data collection and uplink services for digital satellite television service Freesat. 

Arqiva’s services facilitate the transmission of the Freesat Home Transponder, a data service available on a satellite at 28 degrees east, which enables Freesat’s Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) to function.

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.

As Freesat evolves to meet the demands of a changing digital landscape, the continuation of its agreement with Arqiva means that its 2 million homes will receive a seamless service for years to come.

“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.”

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.”

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About Arqiva:

Arqiva is a leading UK communications infrastructure and media services provider dedicated to connecting people wherever they are through the delivery of TV, radio, mobile and the Internet of Things (IoT). We are an independent provider of telecom towers, with circa 8,000 active sites across Great Britain, and are also the only supplier of national terrestrial television and radio broadcasting services in the UK. Our advanced networks support the exponential growth of connected devices and the ever-increasing demand for data from smartphones to tablets, connected TVs, smart meters, cars and medical devices.

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About Freesat:

Freesat is the UK’s subscription-free satellite TV service offering more than 200 TV & radio channels (including 14 in HD) and 14 interactive services. Freesat includes smart features such as pause, rewind and record, a roll-back TV guide for the past seven days of programming and a range of catch up players including BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All4 and My5. On Demand services are also available including Netflix, Rakuten TV, TVPlayer Plus, POP FUN, Hopster and YouTube. Freesat is available on a range of TVs and set-top boxes.

Freesat is a joint venture between ITV and the BBC. For more information, please visit, check out our page on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.