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08-29-2011, 11:45 AM
Post: #101
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ISRO Seeking C-, Ku-band Capacity From Foreign Operators

August 29, 2011 | Satellite Today | The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) issued a request to foreign satellite operators Aug. 26 for extra C- and Ku-band transponder capacity in Ku- and C-band, due to a shortage of space for HDTV channels.

ISRO currently has 187 transponders from nine Indian communication satellites, including transponder space on its new GSAT-12 satellite. The organization has already leased 86.5 transponders from foreign operators through its Antrix marketing wing. ISRO also plans to raise its transponder capacity organically by building and launching its upcoming GSAT-9, GSAT-10 and GSAT-11 satellites.

While the Indian government has licensing restrictions on foreign operators, the list of interested broadcasters looking to beam channels into India has grown significantly over the past two years.

Earlier this year, Indian broadcaster Dish TV leased four extra-wide transponders of 54 megahertz on AsiaSat 5 in order to boost its own standard and high definition signals. Tata Sky, a joint venture between Tata Group and News Corp.’s Star Group, has expressed interests to take up 12 extra ISRO transponders for expansion, but ISRO’s restrictions prevent the organization from meeting its demand.

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08-29-2011, 07:26 PM
Post: #102
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Lost Russian Satellite A Threat In Space?

A Russian satellite that was lost in space may pose a threat to other space vehicles or satellites, an official said.

Heavy satellite Express-AM4 was lost on August 18, Xinhua reported quoting a source from the Russian space industry.

The source told the Interfax news agency that the Express-AM4 "will stay on its orbit for years or even for decades".

It may even collide with other telecommunication satellites from Glonass and GPS groups as well as with the Globalstar and Iridium satellites, the source said.

However, the lost satellite posed no danger to the International Space Station (ISS) because it was on a higher orbit.

Russia's space monitoring system, a subdivision of the Russian Space Forces, is working with the US United Space Operations Centre to locate the Express-AM4's position before further launches of new space vehicles.

Russian Space Forces has little hope of regaining control of the Express-AM4 because its batteries were discharged soon after it separated from its booster.

http://www.dnaindia.com/

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08-30-2011, 05:24 PM
Post: #103
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APT Satellite's Turnover Grows 2.5% In H1

Apstar satellite operator APT Satellite Holdings grew its turnover and profit in the first half. Turnover rose 2.5 percent to HKD 372.13 million from HKD 363.16 million in the year-ago period, mainly due to increase of income from satellite transponder capacity and related services. Profit went up 5.8 percent on an increase of gross profit during the period to HKD 103.13 million, from HKD 97.51 million a year earlier. The board has declared an interim dividend of HK 0.02 per share, given need of the implementation of Apstar 7 and Apstar 7B Satellites for the replacement of Apstar 2R.

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09-01-2011, 07:14 AM
Post: #104
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RSCC Acknowledges Complete Loss Of Express AM4 Spacecraft

Moscow, 31 August 2011. Express AM4 has been injected into an off-design orbit and cannot be used for its intended purpose. FGUP RSCC acknowledges a complete loss of the spacecraft. RSCC has filed an application with OSAO Ingosstrakh, seeking insurance indemnity.

The insurance indemnity equals RUR 7.5bln.

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09-10-2011, 08:24 AM
Post: #105
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Use It Or Lose It: Anudith Signs Off On Thaicom Plan

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Minister Anudith Nakornthap yesterday gave the go-ahead for Thaicom Plc to launch a new satellite to maintain the country's right to its orbital slot that will otherwise expire early next year.

He said the recommendation would be forwarded for cabinet consideration next Tuesday.

"We give full authority to Thaicom to proceed with filing an intention with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to launch a new satellite at 120 degrees East, the slot for which will expire in January 2012," said Gp Capt Anudith.

In May, Thailand failed to win an extension of the slot from the ITU. A second orbital slot at 50.5 degrees East will expire next June.

If Thailand does not launch a satellite by January, then the country will slide down the ITU's priority list and China will be given the slot instead. This would make it harder to obtain better satellite frequencies in the future, resulting in lost opportunities to increase bandwidth capacity to serve growing internet traffic.

Gp Capt Anudith said Thaicom has proposed two options for keeping the slot. The first is to use another operator's satellite, moving it to 120 degrees East temporarily. The second is to negotiate with others that are operating near that orbital slot to launch an interim satellite, substituting it later with Thaicom's new satellite.

He admitted the first option carries technical constraints and negotiation issues with radio frequencies.

If the cabinet endorses the plan, then the National Telecommunications and Broadcasting Commission (NBTC) will have full authority to decide whether to grant Thaicom a licence to operate a new satellite under new conditions.

Suphajee Suthumpun, Thaicom's chief executive, said her company has not yet outlined any revenue sharing, but rather just a solution that will benefit the country and the overall industry.

"It is the government that has the authority to identify the specs and network coverage of the new satellite," she said.

However, Ms Suphajee said Thaicom would like to be the satellite operator and not just the filer.

The operation should fall under the NBTC's new licensing system, not the old existing concession regime, she added.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/

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09-10-2011, 08:33 AM
Post: #106
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VNPT To Launch Vinasat-2 In Q2 2012

Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) expects to launch its Vinasat-2 satellite into orbit in the second quarter of 2012. Assembly of the satellite began on 15 July by Lockheed Martin. It will be tested in September and fully completed in May 2012. Vinasat-2 will feature 24 Ku-band transponders and will provide radio, television, and telephony transmission services for Vietnam and other parts of Asia Pacific. The satellite will cost USD 260 to 280 million and will have a lifespan of fifteen years. Vinasat-2 will be launched on an Ariane 5 or a Soyuz launch vehicle from the Guiana Space Center. To save cost, Vinasat-2 will be launched together with another satellite. After launching, Vinasat-2 will be operated by Vietnam Telecom International (VTI).

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09-13-2011, 09:00 PM
Post: #107
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Thaicom To Partner With AsiaSat On Maintaining Orbital Slot

Thai satellite operator Thaicom will team-up with Hong-Kong based satellite operator Asia Satellite Telecommunications (AsiaSat) to provide services from the 120-degrees East orbital slot. The move follows the ICT ministry's effort to maintain the rights to the 120-degrees and 50.5 degrees East slots, which are set to expire in November and mid next year, respectively. Thaicom and AsiaSat have reached a preliminary agreement on their partnership, which is awaiting Cabinet consideration, The Nation reports. Once the cabinet okays the move, Thaicom will conduct a feasibility study on the cost of the service and the demand and on providing the service with AsiaSat. Thaicom is also proposing it operates the satellite under a licence from the upcoming regulator, the NBTC, rather than a concession. Separately, Thaicom also announced it expects that its planned Thaicom 6 broadcasting satellite will break-even within four years of its launch. The company plans to launch the new satellite in 2013 at a total cost of around USD 160 million. Thaicom 6 will be co-located with the Thaicom 5 satellite at 78.5 degrees East.

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09-13-2011, 09:04 PM
Post: #108
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Controllers In Contact With Russian Satellite Dropped Off In Useless Orbit

PARIS — The Russian Express-AM4 satellite launched Aug. 18 into a bad orbit is communicating normally with ground controllers, has partially deployed its solar arrays, pointed to the sun and is in a safe and stable standby mode, the satellite’s prime contractor said Sept. 12.

Astrium Satellites of Europe, which built Express-AM4 for Moscow-based Russian Satellite Communications Co. (RSCC), nonetheless concurs with RSCC that the satellite’s orbit is so far off its intended drop-off point that it cannot be salvaged, Astrium Satellites Chief Executive Evert Dudok said.

Dudok said that because of the unplanned orbital location in which Express-AM4 found itself following a badly off-target launch aboard a Proton-Breeze M rocket, it took ground teams about a week to determine the satellite’s location.

When they did, they found a spacecraft that had placed itself into safe mode awaiting further instructions.

“It went into safe mode and opened two wings of its solar array — the normal procedure,” Dudok said during a press briefing here. “After a week or so, we had data accurate enough to start communicating with the satellite. It has power, it has heat, and it can communicate. But from our perspective it is in a lost orbit.”

Dudok said the satellite’s ownership has transferred to RSCC, which will decide what to do with it, and when to move it into a graveyard orbit out of the way of other spacecraft, following consultations with Express-AM4 insurance underwriters. The satellite’s launch was insured for about $300 million.

Once insurers agree to pay RSCC’s claim of a total loss of the satellite, these underwriters will have the right to own the satellite if they wish. Industry experts have said they concur with RSCC that moving Express-AM4 into operational position in geostationary orbit would use so much on-board fuel that the effort would be of dubious value.

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09-13-2011, 09:21 PM
Post: #109
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Thaicom, AsiaSat To Team Up On Planned Satellite

Satellite operator Thaicom will partner with Hong Kong satellite operator Asia Satellite Telecommunications (AsiaSat) to provide services on a satellite planned to orbit in the 120-degrees East Longitude slot.

The move follows the Information and Communications Technology Ministry's approving Thaicom to help maintain the country's rights to the 120-degrees and 50.5-degrees East Longitude slots, which expire this November and in the middle of next year, respectively.

According to ICT Minister Gp Captain Anudith Nakornthap, the country is no danger of losing any benefits, but will be able to keep the two orbital slots by having Thaicom help maintain the rights to them.

An ICT Ministry source said Thaicom has reached a preliminary agreement on the partnership with AsiaSat to offer a joint service on the planned satellite in the 120-degrees slot. But the deal is awaiting Cabinet consideration on Tuesday of the ICT Ministry's two proposed options for maintaining the slot.

The proposal suggests that the most viable option is for Thaicom to talk with AsiaSat to coordinate their search for a satellite to position in the slot.

Once the Cabinet makes its decision, Thaicom will conduct a feasibility study on the cost and service demand, and on providing the service with AsiaSat on this satellite.

Thaicom also reportedly proposed to the ministry that it would operate this satellite under a licence from the upcoming National Broadcasting and Telecommunica-tions Commission (NBTC).

The NBTC satellite licence fee is expected to be lower than Thaicom's existing concession fee. Thaicom also faces risk of legal complications if it operates this new satellite under its concession.

But it remains to be seen when the NBTC will get off the ground to grant the licence to Thaicom.

However, Thaicom might cancel the plan to seek a satellite for the 120-degrees slot if in the end it is not deemed commercially viable.

Thaicom will have to hold discussions with AsiaSat regarding the 120-degrees East slot.

The story goes back to 1993, when Thaicom launched the Thaicom 1 satellite in the 120-degrees East slot, while AsiaSat was about to launch its satellite in the adjacent 122-degrees East slot.

Fearing a possible satellite signal jam, Thailand and Hong Kong held talks to seek a solution, which resulted in an agreement that Thailand could use the 120-degrees slot, but would have to coordinate with Hong Kong whenever it launched a new satellite in the slot.

Thaicom plans to launch its Thaicom 6 satellite in the 78.5-degrees East slot by 2013. The satellite, costing US$160 million (Bt4.8 billion), is expected to reach the break-even point within four years.

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09-14-2011, 08:12 PM
Post: #110
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Lockheed Martin-Built A2100 Satellite Fleet Achieves 200 Years In Orbit

NEWTOWN, Pa., February 12th, 2008 -- The Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) A2100 communications satellite fleet recently achieved a major milestone by accumulating 200 years of successful in-orbit operations. The A2100 satellite series, designed and manufactured at Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems (LMCSS), currently consists of 34 satellites featuring 1254 transponders with an accumulated lifetime of over 7800 years of successful operations in orbit. The first A2100 satellite, AMC-1, was launched Sept. 8, 1996 for SES AMERICOM. SIRIUS 4, the most recent A2100 spacecraft, was successfully launched on Nov. 18, 2007 for SES SIRIUS.

Upcoming launches include AMC-14 for SES AMERICOM in mid-March and VINASAT-1, built for Vietnamese Posts and Telecommunications Group, in April. AMC-14 will carry a demonstration active phased array (APA) payload consisting of a receive mode APA antenna, allowing customers enhanced flexibility on orbit. VINASAT-1 represents the first ever spacecraft procurement by the nation of Vietnam.

“We are enormously proud of the impressive reliability track record of our A2100 satellite," said Vice President and General Manager Marshall Byrd. “This important milestone is the result of our team's focus and determination to successfully execute on each and every individual program for our customers. In addition, by adopting a deliberately evolutionary approach to introducing new technology, we can maintain a very low risk to the overall spacecraft mission.”

Throughout its nearly 50-year history, LMCSS has built 94 communications geostationary earth orbit satellites which have achieved a total of 779 in-orbit years. In 2007, LMCSS delivered the 32nd, 33rd and 34th A2100 spacecraft to satellite operators around the world: ASTRA 1L, aboard an Ariane 5 ECA on May 3; BSAT-3a, lifted into orbit Aug. 14 also aboard an Ariane 5 ECA; and SIRIUS 4, launched aboard an International Launch Services Proton launch vehicle.

The Lockheed Martin A2100 geosynchronous spacecraft series is designed to meet a wide variety of telecommunications needs including Ka-band broadband and broadcast services, fixed satellite services in C-band and Ku-band, high-power direct broadcast services using the Ku-band frequency spectrum and mobile satellite services using UHF, L-band, and S-band payloads. The A2100's modular design features a reduction in parts, simplified construction, increased on-orbit reliability and reduced weight and cost.

The A2100 spacecraft design accommodates a large range of payloads. This design modularity enables the A2100 spacecraft to be configured for a wide variety of missions in addition to communication. The A2100 serves as the platform for critical Lockheed Martin government communications programs such as the Advanced Extremely High Frequency program and Mobile User Objective System.

The A2100 platform design has been adapted for geostationary earth orbit (GEO)-based earth observing missions and is currently baselined for Lockheed Martin’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite Series-R (GOES-R) proposal. The A2100 platform also is the foundation for Lockheed Martin's Transformational Satellite Communications System (TSAT) offering for the U.S. Government.

About Lockheed Martin
Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems is a unit of Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, a major operating unit of Lockheed Martin Corporation, designs, develops, tests, manufactures and operates a full spectrum of advanced-technology systems for national security, civil and commercial customers. Chief products include human space flight systems; a full range of remote sensing, navigation, meteorological and communications satellites and instruments; space observatories and interplanetary spacecraft; laser radar; fleet ballistic missiles; and missile defense systems.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin employs about 140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation reported 2007 sales of $41.9 billion.

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09-17-2011, 08:48 AM
Post: #111
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Measat Operationalizes 148°E

Kuala Lumpur, 15 September 2011 – MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd. (“MEASAT”) announced today that MEASAT-2 had been successfully brought back into operational service at 148°E.

“We are delighted to announce that MEASAT-2 is now available to provide inclined capacity across the South East Asia and Oceanic regions,” said Yau Chyong Lim, Senior Director, Sales and Marketing, MEASAT.

MEASAT-2 was launched in 1996. The spacecraft, manufactured by Boeing Satellite Systems, is designed to provide up to six (6) C-band and six (6) Ku-band transponders.

“The 148°E orbital slot is a key location with excellent coverage over the East Asia and Oceania regions,” continued Yau. “We are currently finalising the design of the MEASAT-2 replacement spacecraft – to be named MEASAT-2a satellite – to support growing transponder demand for telecommunications and broadcasting services in the regions, and expect announcements on this program shortly.”

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09-17-2011, 08:53 AM
Post: #112
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AsiaSat Receives ‘Regional Satellite Operator Of The Year’ Award

Hong Kong, 15 September 2011 – Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat) was named „Regional Satellite Operator of the Year‟ at Euroconsult‟s 8th Annual Awards for Excellence in Satellite Management.

The Awards are the industry‟s highest accolade, recognising companies for their outstanding achievements in the satellite industry. The Award winners were chosen by a jury of industry experts from global satellite research and analyst firm Euroconsult, satellite and space publications Satellite Finance and Space News, whose assessments were based on key performance indicators such as revenue, profit and EBITDA growth, market penetration, innovation, strategic decisions and impact.

Pacôme Revillon, CEO of Euroconsult and President of the Jury, said, “This award recognises AsiaSat‟s strong performance in 2010. Following the launch of AsiaSat 5 in 2009, AsiaSat delivered significant growth, notably including the broadcast of new pay-TV services in several Asian countries.”

“We are extremely honoured to have been selected the „Regional Satellite Operator of the Year‟. We thank Euroconsult, Satellite Finance and Space News for this recognition for excellence in satellite management. We believe this award once again confirms AsiaSat‟s market leadership position. We look forward to maintaining our high standards of service quality, diversity and reliability through further expanding our satellite fleet and ground infrastructure while continuing to offer a growing variety of attractive value added services to our customers,” said William Wade, President and CEO of AsiaSat.

As Asia‟s leading regional satellite operator with a powerful fleet of three satellites serving the Asia-Pacific region, AsiaSat achieved record results in both revenue and profit for 2010 by expanding its areas of offerings and operations, and its premium customer portfolio. AsiaSat plans to launch a new satellite AsiaSat 7 in the fourth quarter this year, and with the expansion project of its Tai Po Earth Station completing in early 2012, AsiaSat is able to significantly enhance its range of products and services to customers in the broadcast, telecommunications and broadband industries.

http://www.asiasat.com.hk/

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09-17-2011, 08:59 AM
Post: #113
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Intelsat Prepares For Six Missions Over 12-Month Span

Six of the satellites that are part of the largest fleet investment in Intelsat's history are being prepared for launch within a 12-month span, ready to provide new and refreshed capacity for customers around the globe. Managing these multiple, overlapping launch missions will create a busy, but exciting, period for the Intelsat personnel involved in the process.

Intelsat engineers have been working closely with the various satellite manufacturers to guide the spacecraft through design review and tests to simulate the conditions they will face during launch.

"Diversity in the Intelsat fleet is an important element of our risk mitigation strategy. Intelsat's fleet consists of 10 different satellite platforms manufactured by seven different contractors.

This allows us to spread the risk in case a generic technical issue is discovered on a given platform," said Jean-Luc Froeliger, Senior Director, Space Systems Acquisition.

The three different launch vehicle providers - Arianespace, ILS and Sea Launch - are involved as well to make sure the spacecraft are compatible with their respective vehicle.

"We are monitoring the launch vehicle production schedule. Because there is lots of hardware coming from Russia and the Ukraine, we go there on a regular basis to make sure it's being manufactured to meet our specs and schedule," said Froeliger.

"Diversity on the launch vehicle side allows us to spread the risk in managing our overall satellite deployment plan. If a launch vehicle suffers a failure or anomaly, the corresponding manifest will be put on hold while the failure investigation concludes and corrective actions are implemented.

By contracting with multiple launch vehicles, we avoid delaying the launch of a large number of satellites that might have been slated for that vehicle."

As the launch date for a particular satellite draws closer, Intelsat's team will be on-site for the duration of the campaign, which lasts four to five weeks.

The first order of business is to test the satellite to make sure it ready for launch and then fuel the spacecraft before handing it off to the launch vehicle provider for the start of combined operations. The satellite is then mated to the launch vehicle and undergoes more tests and rehearsals prior to launch day.

Intelsat is very experienced with launch operations, and the upcoming schedule will provide a large degree of coordination, said Froeliger. Intelsat 18 is scheduled for launch later in 2011.

Intelsat 22 and 23 are slated for launch in the first quarter of next year, and Intelsat 19 is also being targeted for launch in the first quarter. Intelsat 20 is on tap for the second quarter, with 21 following in the third quarter.

"In 2012, we plan to have multiple launches occurring at different sites around the world - Baikonur, Kourou and the Sea Launch platform in the Pacific Ocean," Froeliger said. Each site presents a unique set of working conditions. Intelsat will oversee transfer of satellite operations after the spacecraft reaches orbit, and the location of this work varies depending on the satellite manufacturer.

http://www.spacedaily.com/

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09-28-2011, 09:43 AM
Post: #114
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Lockheed Martin-Built BSAT-3c/JCSAT-110R Satellite Handed Over To Japanese Customers

NEWTOWN, Pa., September 26th, 2011 -- The BSAT-3c/JCSAT-110R broadcasting satellite, designed and built by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] for the Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation (B-SAT) and SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation, is now ready for service following successful on-orbit deployment and checkout of all spacecraft systems. The satellite is located at orbital location 110 degrees east and will provide service for Japanese companies B-SAT and SKY Perfect JSAT, which jointly procured the satellite.

BSAT-3c/JCSAT-110R incorporates two independent Ku-band payloads with 12 direct broadcast channels and 12 fixed direct communication channels providing uplink and downlink coverage throughout Japan. BSAT-3c/JCSAT-110R is required to meet a 15-year service life and was designed entirely with flight-proven components integrated into the highly reliable A2100 platform.

B-SAT president Kazuo Takenaka commented, “BSAT-3c’s successful delivery has secured stable BS digital broadcasting services in Japan for our risk management. BSAT-3c will form the ‘backbone’ of our business for the next decade along with BSAT-3a/3b.”

SKY Perfect JSAT President Shinji Takada said, “We are pleased that JCSAT-110R is successfully handed over from Lockheed Martin to SKY Perfect JSAT. This satellite is a backup satellite of our N-SAT-110 which provides SKY PerfecTV! e2 service with currently more than 1.5 million subscribers in Japan, and is, therefore, very important for our company in the light of the risk aversion and social responsibility of our Multichannel Pay TV Business.”

The BSAT-3c payload joins BSAT-3a and BSAT-3b to provide more than 120 million television sets in Japan with BS digital broadcasting programs. The JCSAT-110R payload will serve as a back-up for the 110 degrees east orbital position, continuing to provide highly reliable SKY PerfecTV! e2 service for its customers.

BSAT-3c/JCSAT-110R is the third consecutive satellite Lockheed Martin has delivered to B-SAT and the fifth consecutive satellite delivered to SKY Perfect JSAT. Lockheed Martin successfully delivered BSAT-3a and BSAT-3b in August 2007 and December 2010, respectively. Lockheed Martin is currently building JCSAT-13 and previously built JCSAT-9 through JCSAT-12 and JCSAT-110 for SKY Perfect JSAT.

“BSAT-3c/JCSAT-110R represents the 38th A2100 commercial communications satellite in the A2100 fleet,” said Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems President Joseph Rickers. “We are extremely confident that we have delivered a satellite of superior quality to B-SAT and SKY Perfect JSAT, two of the leading satellite operators in Asia. BSAT-3c/JCSAT-110R, with its extensive A2100 heritage and proven design, will provide our customers with years of broadcasting and communications services.”

The Lockheed Martin A2100 satellite series is designed to meet a wide variety of communications needs including Ka-band broadband and broadcast services, fixed satellite services in C-band and Ku-band, high-power direct broadcast services using the Ku and Ka-band frequency and mobile satellite services using UHF, L-band, and S-band. The A2100's modular design features simplified construction, increased on-orbit reliability and reduced weight and cost. The A2100 design accommodates a large range of communication payloads and serves as the platform for critical government communications programs, including the Advanced Extremely High Frequency and Mobile User Objective System satellites.

The A2100 can also be configured for missions other than communications. It has been adapted for Lockheed Martin’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite Series-R Earth observing mission and serves as the platform for Lockheed Martin’s GPS III satellites.

http://www.lockheedmartin.com/

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12-13-2011, 05:48 PM
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Proton Successfully Lofts AMOS-5 And Loutch-5A

12.12.2011, The Proton M, launching on Saturday November 11 from Baikonur, successfully orbited two Reshetnev-built satellites – the Loutch 5A for Russia and the AMOS-5 for Israel. This was Proton’s 9th flight of 2011 year and the 372nd Proton launch overall.

   

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01-21-2012, 09:57 AM
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RSCC Receives Insurance For Express AM4 Total Loss

Russia, Moscow, 18 January 2012. RSCC and OSAO Ingosstrakh have settled the insurance claim over the total loss of Express AM4 satellite.

Express AM4 was launched from Baikonur launch base on 18 August 2011. The satellite was injected to an off-nominal orbit. The failure ruled out any use of Express AM4 for its intended purposes. RSCC, the inter-agency failure investigation commission and the manufacturer, EADS Astrium, have acknowledged the fact of Express AM4 total loss.

RSCC has received RUB 7,522,920,166,30 which amounts to the entire sum of insurance indemnification.

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01-26-2012, 04:40 PM
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EUTELSAT, ONE GROUP, ONE NAME, ONE FLEET

Eutelsat is unifying the names of its satellites with the Eutelsat brand. As of March 1st 2012 the Group’s satellites will all take the Eutelsat name, with the relevant figure for their orbital position and a letter indicating their order of arrival at that position. This logical pattern will enable our user community to immediately identify where a satellite is located and its chronology at the neighbourhood it occupies.

Current in-orbit satellites will be renamed as follows: W6 at 21.5° East, for example, will become EUTELSAT 21A. The future W6A satellite will become EUTELSAT 21B. To ensure clarity, satellites at Eutelsat’s four West positions will include West in their name. For example, ATLANTIC BIRD™ 2 will become EUTELSAT 8 West A.

Eutelsat’s HOT BIRD™ brand, which over 20 years has acquired an established reputation in the satellite TV industry, will be retained and associated with the Eutelsat brand and numbering system. For example, HOT BIRD™ 6 will become EUTELSAT HOT BIRD 13A.

   

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02-09-2012, 04:02 PM
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Thaicom To Launch Two More Satellites By 2015

Thaicom Plc (THCOM), the country's sole satellite service provider, set an aggressive three-year expansion plan with the planned launch of two new commercial satellites Thaicom 8 and Thaicom 9.

‘We‘are positioning Thaicom as a wholesale satellite operator, no longer a retail provider SUPHAJEE SUTHUMPUN CEO, Thaicom Plc
Thaicom hopes to return to profitability after a few years of losses.

The 41%-owned satellite subsidiary of InTouch Plc, formerly named Shin Corp and founded by fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, is also on the verge of changing its 20-year-old commercial logo next month, using InTouch's logo.

Suphajee Suthumpun, the chief executive of Thaicom, said Thaicom 8, also known as iPSTAR 2, will be launched by 2014 or 2015 when utilisation of the existing iPSTAR satellite rises to 40-50% of total capacity, up from 25% currently.

Thaicom 9 will be positioned at 50.5 degrees east to reserve the country's orbital slot, due to expire in November. It will be a broadcast satellite and the company aims to expand its footprint in the Middle East, Europe and Africa.

She said the Thaicom 8 broadband satellite, to be positioned in the orbital slot at 119.5 degrees, will cost no more than US$200 million. The satellite will serve the anticipated increase in broadband demand.

"The size, category and investment options for the satellites will conclude this year," said Ms Suphajee.

"Construction of the new satellites will begin once the utilisation of the 38-gigabit iPSTAR reaches half of the total and the company receives 30-50% of pre-orders for a new satellite."

Thaicom is preparing to launch the $160-million Thaicom 6 satellite in July, positioned at 78 degrees east.

It operates only two satellites now _ Thaicom 4 (iPSTAR) and Thaicom 5. Thaicom 4, 5 and 6 are under concessions of the Information and Communication Technology Ministry. Thaicom 7, 8 and 9 satellites will be under a licensing platform awarded by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission.

Thaicom underwent a reorganisation and business restructuring under Ms Suphajee's leadership. It switched its focus on bandwidth rental from iPSTAR to corporate users, big telecom operators and disaster recovery service instead of the retail segment.

"We are positioning Thaicom as a wholesale satellite operator, no longer a retail provider," she said.

Thaicom posted first-half losses of 187.59 million baht on revenues of 3.47 billion in 2011.

Thaicom has to share 20.5% of satellite revenue with the government from this year to 2016, up from 17.5% last year. The concession payment will increase to 22.5% in 2017 until terminating in 2021.

THCOM shares closed yesterday on the SET at 12.30 baht, unchanged, in trade worth 222 million baht.

InTouch keen on mergers, acquisitions

Suphajee Suthumpun, the new chairwoman for media and new business of InTouch Plc, plans to use a merger and acquisition strategy to expand this year.

The firm wants to develop new businesses to grow InTouch's revenue.

"Our new potential businesses will involve telecommunications, technology, media and content," said Ms Suphajee, who is also Thaicom's chief executive.

InTouch has three core businesses _ wireless communications, satellite and international businesses, and media and new businesses.

Ms Suphajee said InTouch plans to expand new businesses via both operations and capital.

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02-21-2012, 08:37 AM
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Afghanistan Opens Satellite Slot Tender

Afghanistan's Ministry of Communications and Informat?ion Technology (MCIT) plans to license its satellite slot at 50 degrees East through a competitive tender. The Afghanistan Telecom Regulatory Authority (ATRA) will conduct the tender, which is open to national and international companies, for one licence which can be used for broadcast and/or telecommunications services. The regulator is currently seeking expressions of interest and will then invite qualified bidders to offer a proposal.

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03-06-2012, 08:19 AM
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MEASAT... SatAssets On The Block?

Varying reports from the Asia-Pacific region indicate that Ananda Krishnan, the second most wealthy individual...in Malaysia, is intent on the sales of his investment in MEASAT Global Bhd. The Straits Times of Singapore is reporting that this plans came into being after he sold his power generation assets for around $3 billion. The Economic Times reported that talks about the MEASAT sale started in late 2011, and could involve Saudi satellite firm Arabsat taking a strategic—or even majority stake—in the Malaysian satellite firm, the paper cited a banking source as saying.

Krishnan recently put his entire power portfolio up for sale, with Standard Chartered hired to manage the transaction of about a dozen power plants. It was not immediately clear why Krishnan was putting up the assets for sale. Krishnan maintains a low profile and little is known about his private life. He has launched a number of corporate deals in recent years, relisting part of his Maxis Bhd telecommunications services provider in what was Southeast Asia's biggest initial public offering in 2009. Last year, his team relisted Malaysian oil and gas services provider Bumi Armada Bhd. He has also privatised Malaysian pay-TV monopoly Astro All Asia Networks Plc after a money-losing expansion into Indonesia and India that weighed heavily on the company's finances.

The power plant assets sale has so far attracted 12 bids, Malaysia's Star newspaper reported on Saturday, with Saudi Water & Electricity Co. submitting the top bid of 10.85 billion Malaysian ringgit ($3.60 billion). The Straits Times, however, said control of MEASAT by Arabsat could be difficult, as Malaysia has a 40 percent cap on foreign ownership of strategic domestic assets. Officials from MEASAT and Usaha Tegas, the parent company of MEASAT, said they had no knowledge of the deal. A banking source with knowledge of the deal, however, told Reuters that the plan to sell the satellite asset is at an "early stage"

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03-06-2012, 08:20 AM
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Arabsat Has Eyes On Measat Acquisition

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Satellite fleet operator Arabsat has entered the competition to purchase the satellite assets of Malaysia’s Measat, whose owner has long indicated its intention to divest itself of Measat to focus on direct-broadcast television, according to an industry official.

The official said Arabsat has been trying for years to break out of confinement from its current three principal orbital slots, which are mainly filled.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia-based Arabsat is not alone in courting Measat. SES of Luxembourg has indicated a possible interest, and Measat would make a good fit for Eutelsat of Paris and Intelsat of Washington and Luxembourg.

Measat has been expanding westward from its home territory — and its profitable satellite-television business — and has several orbital slots at its disposition. “The orbital slots are what is most attractive” to Arabsat, the official said.

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06-20-2012, 04:52 PM
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Eutelsat Expands Presence In Pacific With Purchase Of In-orbit Satellite

PARIS — Satellite fleet operator Eutelsat on June 19 announced it is purchasing the in-orbit GE-23 telecommunications satellite from GE Capital for $228 million in cash.

In a conference call with investors, Paris-based Eutelsat said the satellite, launched in 2005, generates some $50 million a year in revenue. Eutelsat Deputy Chief Executive Michel Azibert said GE-23’s 20 Ku- and 18 C-band transponders were about 80 percent occupied, and that the satellite had 8.5 years of remaining service life.

Eutelsat Chief Executive Michel de Rosen said GE-23, located at 172 degrees east longitude over the Pacific Ocean, will help bolster Eutelsat’s service offer in a region that is slated to be the focus of higher interest by the U.S. Defense Department.

“In the Far East, up to now, we have been a marginal player,” de Rosen said. “Recently we gave up on one [acquisition] opportunity because it was simply too expensive. … The trend in the region is positive. Recently we have been told by our customer in Washington that they plan to grow quite a lot in that part of the world, the Asia-Pacific.”

Eutelsat already does a thriving business with the U.S. Defense Department leasing satellite bandwidth over the Middle East. With U.S. defense authorities saying the Pacific Command will be a higher priority in the coming years, Eutelsat wants to be there for the expected demand surge.

In addition to the U.S. military business it could generate, GE-23 offers Eutelsat an entry into the growing market to provide broadband links to maritime markets. These markets already account for a disproportionate share of GE-23’s revenue, Azibert said.

Eutelsat is already expanding in the Asia-Pacific with the planned launch late this year of the Eutelsat 70B satellite into the 70.5 degrees east slot now occupied by the much smaller Eutelsat 70A.

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06-21-2012, 08:31 AM
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SES Confirms Satellite Leadership In Asia-Pacific In DTH Channel Carriage And Pay TV Homes

SINGAPORE, June 20, 2012 - SES announced that it leads the market in Asia-Pacific in meeting the increasing popularity of direct-to-home (DTH) satellite television across the region. Following a sustained period of investment in incremental satellite capacity in Asia-Pacific over the last decade, SES is now the leading satellite operator carrying the highest number of pay DTH channels in the region, with nearly 650 DTH channels. It also reaches 20 million pay TV homes in the region via DTH, or one in three DTH subscribers in Asia – more than any other satellite operator.

SES' prime orbital locations at 108.2 degrees East and 95 degrees East have been established as key video neighbourhoods in South Asia and Asia-Pacific which meet the growing needs of Asian DTH operators such as DishTV and Bharti Airtel in India, and MediaScape in the Philippines.

SES-8, which will be launched in the first quarter of 2013, will deliver vital expansion capacity to thriving Asian video neighbourhoods in South Asia and Indochina. SES currently operates a fleet of five satellites (NSS-12, NSS-6, NSS-11, SES-7 and NSS-9) serving Asia-Pacific.

Deepak Mathur, Senior Vice President Commercial, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East at SES, said: “The growth of the direct-to-home market in Asia-Pacific has been tremendous over the past five years and is a key reason why the demand for satellite capacity continues to grow in the region. We are delighted that consumers here are increasingly turning to the power of satellite technology to meet their needs for richer, higher quality content. As Asia goes digital, we are proud to be an enabler and will continue to invest in growth capacity for the region to grow with our customers as well as tailor our satellites to meet our customers' unique needs."

Across the globe, SES transmits over 5,000 TV channels, with more than 1,200 of them in HD. SES’ 50 satellites cover 99 per cent of the world’s population, reaching over 258 million households worldwide.

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06-23-2012, 08:04 AM
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Chinese Firm To Take Stake In Eutelsat

Fri, 22 June, 2012 PARIS — China Investment Corp. (CIC) is buying a 7-percent stake in satellite fleet operator Eutelsat of Paris from Spain’s Abertis Telecom for 385.2 million euros ($500 million), a transaction that values Eutelsat at 5.5 billion euros, Abertis announced June 22.

Barcelona-based Abertis, which used to be Eutelsat’s biggest shareholder, has been gradually reducing its stake to refocus on investments in which it can gain a controlling interest.

In satellite telecommunications, Abertis has increased its ownership of satellite fleet operator Hispasat of Spain, in which it now has a 46.6 percent equity stake. Abertis has long harbored ambitions to purchase a majority share of Hispasat. But up to now the Spanish government, which through various state-owned entities owns around 26 percent of Hispasat, has declined to give its approval.

Abertis sold a 16 percent share of Eutelsat to several investors Jan. 13 in a transaction that valued Eutelsat at 6.1 billion euros. Abertis agreed to a six-month lockup of its remaining 15.35 percent holding, meaning it could not sell those shares until mid-July.

In its June 22 announcement, Abertis said Beijing-based CIC has agreed not to take ownership of the Eutelsat shares until the lockup period ends.

Eutelsat has been a profitable investment for Abertis since its initial acquisition in 2006. Its sale to CIC brings it a net capital gain of 237 million euros.

Abertis said it would “remain a Eutelsat shareholder, with a stake of 8.35 percent,” even though a minority ownership would appear to be at odds with Abertis’ stated goal of aiming for control of the assets its owns.

“Abertis keeps on reshuffling its holdings in the satellite infrastructure business, strengthening its commitment to growth, specifically targeting projects in which it can take an industry leadership role and a greater financial consolidation, as in the case of Hispasat,” Abertis said in the statement.

CIC, a sovereign-wealth fund, was formed in 2007 with a bond issue from China’s Ministry of Finance. The company used this to purchase $200 billion in China’s foreign-exchange reserves.

In its 2010 annual report, issued in July 2011, CIC describes itself as “a financial investor. As such, it does not seek to control any sector or company.”

CIC’s investments in 2010 included minority stakes in power-utility AES Corp. of Arlington, Va., Chesapeake Energy of Oklahoma City and energy producer Penn West of Canada.

Given the U.S. government’s position on all things involving space technology and China, the CIC acquisition may nonetheless raise issues.

In 2007, the U.S. State Department blocked the privatization of satellite fleet operator AsiaSat of Hong Kong because it would have resulted in China’s Citic Group increasing its ownership in AsiaSat to 50 percent from 34 percent. GE Capital of the United States would have had the other 50-percent stake in what the two companies planned to be a joint venture.

The State Department never explained its motives, but because AsiaSat’s fleet included U.S.-built satellites subject to U.S. technology-transfer regulations, the company could not conclude the privatization. U.S. authorities had voiced no objections to Citic’s stake at 34 percent, however.

Eutelsat’s exposure to U.S. government policy is a consequence not so much of its satellite fleet – most Eutelsat satellites are European-built, even if most have U.S.-made components – as from its position as a major provider of satellite bandwidth to the U.S. Department of Defense.

Eutelsat spokeswoman Vanessa O’Connor said June 22 that Eutelsat was not informed of the Abertis sale until just hours before it was announced. She said CIC will not have a seat on Eutelsat’s board and that the company sees no changes to its strategy as a result of the Chinese ownership. “They are a passive investor at 7 percent,” O’Connor said.

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06-25-2012, 09:24 AM
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IAI To Build Amos-6 Telecom Satellite

Sun, 24 June, 2012 PARIS — Israeli satellite fleet operator Spacecom has selected Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI) to build the Amos-6 telecommunications satellite under a $200 million contract announced June 24.

In a submission to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, Spacecom said Amos-6 is to be launched in early 2015 aboard a rocket that is yet to be selected. The company said it expected the launch to cost $85 million.

Amos-6 will replace the aging Amos-2 satellite at 4 degrees west longitude, Spacecom's core orbital slot. Amos-2 is scheduled to be retired in 2017.

Industry officials said Space Systems/Loral of Palo Alto, Calif., had mounted a strong challenge to IAI for the Amos-6 work.

It was not immediately clear whether the IAI bid included a partner in Europe or North America for either the electronics payload or the satellite's platform.

Spacecom officials in recent months have said Amos-6 would be bigger than the company's previous satellites and would carry a total of up to 80 transponders in both Ku- and Ka-band.

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06-26-2012, 04:23 PM
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Measat To Launch Three Satellites In Next Two Years

SINGAPORE, June 23 – Measat Satellite Systems Sdn Bhd (Measat) plans to launch three satellites in the next two years to provide customers with innovative and ‘best-in-class’ satellite solutions.

Its Senior Vice-President for Space Systems Development Dr Ali R. Ebadi said AFRICASAT-1a is scheduled for launch in February next year, MEASAT-3b at the end of 2013 and MEASAT-3C in 2014.

“We continuously invest in satellite capacity to support the rapidly increasing needs of clients, particularly direct-to-home (DTH) service,” he said in an interview.

Ali said AFRICASAT-1a is a replacement of an existing satellite in collaboration with Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Communications and Information.

Measat initially expanded its satellite network into Africa in early 2008 with the commissioning of the AFRICASAT-1 satellite, formerly known as MEASAT-1.

As for MEASAT-3b, Measat is in the final stages of negotiations with Malaysia’s Ministry of Defence on specifically designed mobile communications together with DTH broadcast service for Malaysia, India and Indonesia coverage.

“The satellite will further enhance Astro’s business expansion in Malaysia, plus other services like online learning portal School.net for primary school and broadband service.

“It will also help Astro grow its DTH business in India and provide telecommunication services to customers in Australia,” he said.

Astro is the brand name of the Malaysian direct broadcast satellite Pay TV service.

MEASAT-3b is built by Astrium, an aerospace unit of the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS), using a Eurostar E3000 platform which will be located within the MEASAT-3 and MEASAT-3a satellites.

The satellite’s antenna is manufactured in Stevenage and the telecommunication part in Portsmouth, both in the United Kingdom.

Once completed, it will be transferred and integrated at Toulouse, France, where all electrical parts are manufactured, before launch into orbit from the Guiana Space Centre in France.

The cost of the MEASAT-3b satellite, plus insurance coverage is US$350 million, funded by a combination of equity and bank borrowing.

“We are also in negotiations with a joint venture partner for another satellite called MEASAT-3C, that will also bring some capacity and set for launch by end 2014,” Ali said.

He said the three satellites will be launched by Arianespace, the world’s leading launch service and solution company, which has had 48 successful launches in a row, spanning more than nine years.

Arianespace, with annual turnover of €1.0 billion (RM4.01 billion), has won more than half of the commercial launch contracts open to competitive bidding on the international market every year.

It expects this year’s turnover to exceed €1.0 billion, its Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Jean-Yves Le Gall said.

“We are planning five more Ariane 5 launches by year-end and three Soyuz launches, including two from the French Guiana Space Centre and one from Baikonour, Kazakhstan,” he added.

He said the Asia-Pacific region accounts for more than a third of its global business with more than a 70 per cent market share for commercial launches.

“We launched Japan and Vietnam’s satellites last month and still have another seven in our order books. It will increase to about half of the current order book now, which stands at €4.5 billion, in two years,” he said.

Le Gall said the increasing demand for high definition television, mobile internet and high-speed internet is the driving force for more satellite capacity and launches.

“We see the move in our activities from Europe, which is our origin, to a lot of activities in the United States and now the Asia Pacific region,” he said.

Arianespace offers wide-ranging launch service and solutions namely, the Ariane 5, the Soyuz and the Vega rockets. – Bernama

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06-27-2012, 06:51 AM
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Solar Array On Intelsat 19 Deploys

Luxembourg, 26 June 2012

Intelsat S.A., the world’s leading provider of satellite services, reported that the south solar array on Intelsat 19 has deployed and the satellite was successfully transferred to geostationary orbit. All of the satellite’s communications antennas are now in their operational positions, and the communications payload is being tested.

Both C- and Ku-band capacity on the satellite will be made available to customers. It is estimated that the maneuverable life of the satellite will be approximately 15 years. Data received from the satellite indicate that the south solar array is damaged, and that the power available to the satellite will be reduced. In-orbit testing is expected to be completed by mid-July.

Intelsat 19 is the planned replacement for Intelsat 8 at 166 degrees East, which serves customers in the north and southwest Pacific region. The satellite and launch are insured, and no customer services were affected.

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06-28-2012, 05:05 PM
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Canada's MDA Buying Space Systems/Loral For $875M

Wed, 27 June, 2012

PARIS — Canada’s MDA Corp. is buying the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial telecommunications satellites, Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) of California, for $875 million in cash in a transaction that does not include risks associated with a lawsuit between SS/L and one of its customers, the two companies announced June 26.

Richmond, B.C.-based MDA, which has been scouting for a major acquisition of a U.S. space technology company for more than a year following MDA’s sale of its real-estate assessment business, is paying 5.7 times SS/L’s 2011 operating EBITDA, or earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.

For New York-based Loral Space and Communications Co., the deal puts an end to a months-long search for an answer to the question posed by Loral’s shareholders: How can we monetize our SS/L investment?

Loral had originally promised shareholders it would spin off Palo Alto-based SS/L, but then suspended those plans because of an offer that the company said could generate better returns for shareholders.

Deal Terms

MDA apparently was the source of that offer. Loral said that in addition to the $875 million in cash, which includes $101 million in SS/L property, Loral shareholders will receive dividends and other payments from SS/L valued at $112 million.

A final payment – Loral refers to it as a “per diem amount” — of about $5.8 million per month will be paid by MDA until the deal closes. The start date for this payment is last March 31, Loral said.

When all these pieces are assembled, MDA is paying about $1.1 billion for SS/L, which reported $1.1 billion in revenue in 2011. SS/L reported operating EBITDA of $153 million in 2011 and, as of March 31, reported a backlog of $2 billion.

MDA Chief Executive Daniel Friedmann said purchasing SS/L “is a game-changing transaction for our company. Post-acquisition, more than two-thirds of MDA’s total revenues will come from the commercial market.”

MDA reported about $800 million in revenue in 2011. The company has long protested that the same Canadian government that prohibited MDA’s sale to ATK of the United States several years ago has declined to maintain a space program big enough to support MDA’s growth.

In search of growth vectors to compensate for the lack of sufficient Canadian government business, MDA in the past couple of years has moved up the satellite food chain to offer full commercial telecommunication satellite payloads and even complete satellites.

The company has been successful in Russia and recently won a contract to provide the electronics payload for the Amos-6 satellite owned by Spacecom of Israel.

MDA’s June 26 statement did not disclose whether the company expects to find synergies in the SS/L transaction, although SS/L builds complete satellites on its own.

A Crowded Market

MDA’s post-SS/L reliance on the commercial space market for two-thirds of its revenue is not an unmixed blessing. The commercial market has proved itself to be highly cyclical and is highly competitive.

With U.S. Defense Department space-infrastructure spending no longer growing, U.S. satellite prime contractors Lockheed Martin Space Systems and Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems are sharpening their focus on the commercial market.

Lockheed Martin and Boeing join SS/L and Orbital Sciences of the United States; Astrium Satellites, Thales Alenia Space and OHB AG of Europe; Mitsubishi Electric of Japan; and the China Academy of Space Technology in a global satellite telecommunications market whose near-term demand is for less than 30 geostationary-orbiting telecommunications satellites per year.

In its June 26 statement on the transaction, Loral said it “will retain principal responsibility for the ViaSat litigation.” Satellite broadband provider ViaSat of Carlsbad, Calif., is suing SS/L for patent infringement and breach of contract alleging SS/L has used proprietary ViaSat technology in selling high-power telecommunications satellites over the last five years.

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07-05-2012, 05:12 AM
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Luch-5A Relay Satellite Arrives At New Position

The Russian SBAS satellite, Luch-5A, has been repositioned so that its sub-satellite longitude is 95 degrees east. The satellite had been drifting from its original geostationary position at 58.5 degrees east longitude since about May 30.

The orbital slot of 95 degrees east had been previously announced for Luch-5B, so perhaps Luch-5A is switching positions with Luch-5B, which is scheduled for launch on August 30, although a recent Roscosmos presentation indicates the launch might not happen until October.

Luch-5A is the first of a set of three geostationary satellites being launched to reactivate Roscosmos's Luch Multifunctional Space Relay System. The system will be used to relay communications and telemetry between low-Earth-orbiting spacecraft, such as the the Russian segment of International Space Station, and Russian ground facilities.

The satellites also carry transponders for the System for Differential Correction and Monitoring (SDCM), Russia's satellite-based augmentation system. The transponders will broadcast GNSS corrections on the standard GPS L1 frequency using C/A PRN codes assigned by DoD's Global Positioning Systems Directorate. Luch-5A was assigned PRN 125; Luch-5B, PRN 140; and Luch-5V (previously called Luch-4), PRN 141.

Luch-5A was launched on December 11, 2011.

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VNPT Officially Takes Control Of Second Satellite

July 4, 2012 The Vietnam Post and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) officially took control of its second satellite, the VINASAT-2, at a ceremony in Hanoi on July 4.

At the event, the General Director of the US-based contractor Lockheed Martin, Joe Rickers, presented the certificate of ownership to VNPT which plans to offer satellite services this month, saying the launching of VINASAT-2 into orbit was a great success.

Pham Long Tran, the Chairman of VNPT’s Board of Directors, said that four years after launching its first satellite VINASAT 1 in 2008, Vietnam’s latest satellite is equipped with even more advanced technologies.

The two satellites will form part of a network which provides more reliable and quality services than many others in the region and the world, said Tran.

In the past, specialists from Lockheed Martin and Telesat Canada had conducted inspections to ensure that VINASAT-2 was functioning perfectly and on June 21 they signed an agreement verifying its quality.

Lockheed Martin will send two specialists to Vietnam to provide more assistance during the next three months.

   

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07-10-2012, 08:58 AM
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A Satellite Battle Over The Eastern Skies

For European satellite company SES, the Asian sky's the limit.

Faced with well-developed and largely saturated markets in Europe and North America, global satellite operators are looking east, where they seek fresh impetus for growth in Asia's middle-class consumers and burgeoning enterprises.

Satellite television is a key battleground. Operators say the region's rapid consumption growth will pay rich dividends in the direct-to-home TV segment—some 9,000 channels are expected to air in Asia by 2016, up from 2,000 channels today.

SES Résumé
Education: Bachelor's degree from Knox College in Illinois; Master's in international management from the University of Denver.

Career: Director of U.A.E.-based satellite broadcaster YahLive; previously served as managing director at Americom-Asia Pacific, a joint venture between General Electric and Lockheed Martin; regional roles at EchoStar, NagraVision.

Extracurricular: Hiking, playing squash

Already, SES—the world's second-biggest satellite operator by revenue—is leading the charge, carrying the most paid direct-to-home channels in Asia, with nearly 650 channels as of June. The group serves about 20 million direct-to-home pay-TV subscribers in the region, more than any of its peers.

And the company is poised to spend more to shore up its lead here, according to Deepak Mathur, a senior vice president who heads the company's commercial operations in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.

SES—which now uses five of its 50 satellites to serve Asia-Pacific clients—is set to launch another for the region early next year, Mr. Mathur said. "We're also evaluating the possible acquisition of up to two additional satellites for Asia (for launch after 2014), which would represent a combined investment of about $650 million."

Mr. Mathur spoke to Chun Han Wong in Singapore about the prospects and pitfalls for a global satellite operator seeking to woo Asian consumers. The following interview has been edited.

WSJ: How is Asia shaping up as a satellite services market?

Mr. Mathur: Asia isn't a single monolith—the markets are at various stages of evolution. We have developed markets like Japan, Korea, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand, with different demand structures compared to markets like India, Indonesia and Thailand, which are in their growth phase. Others like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Mongolia and the Pacific islands are still in the early stages.

Growth in Asia-Pacific is mainly driven by direct-to-home satellite-TV subscriptions, helped by growing household incomes and favorable demographics. India makes up a large part of that. Satellite now accounts for 30% of multichannel pay-TV users in India, and that is projected to grow to 50% by 2016. That translates to 70 million more households.

In the early years, about a decade ago, a lot of our contracts were shorter term because the business environment hadn't matured. These days our Asian customers have sufficient need for long-term business continuity—a number of them are going from one- to three-year contracts to five-, 10- or 15-year contracts.

WSJ: What is the competitive environment like in this region?

Mr. Mathur: The competition in Asia is somewhat unique. Globally, the competition tends to be between five and six operators, but in Asia there are also a very large number of national satellite operators—like India's Insat, China Satcom, Japan's SKY Perfect JSAT, Thailand's Thaicom, Indonesia's PT Telkom and Indostar and so on. You could take a head-on approach to competition, but we found that we bring a lot of value when we work with the national operators.

For example, we work very closely with the Indian Space Research Organization, or ISRO, which owns and operates Insat. ISRO has worked hard to try and meet the market's requirements, but it can't as the market is simply too big. We work closely with them to ensure that the market doesn't suffer from a lack of capacity—we acted as a relief valve of sorts—and it's turned out to be a win-win for everyone because the market potential is enormous.

Also, a lot of the Asian satellite operators—except China, Japan and India—have small fleets of two to three satellites. Their investment programs are comparatively constrained, but we have the capacity to add value to their programs.

WSJ: What regulatory issues does SES face when trying to operate in Asia? How does the company, given the long time cycles involved in planning satellite investments, adapt to regulatory and demand changes?

Mr. Mathur: Where we might run into problems in Asia is in the service delivery to consumers. But because we provide infrastructure, we don't typically see those issues. We rely on our customers to take the appropriate regulatory steps, while in many cases we also work closely with national partners.

We're constantly trying to predict what the future looks like. Unlike ground-level infrastructure, the satellite industry has long time cycles—planning and building a satellite can take three to four years, before it spends another 15 years in orbit.

We can build in flexibility of the satellite's coverage in anticipation of a change or evolution in demand. It costs some money and sometimes the bets don't pay off, but some of the satellites we've built have been a huge boon because we've been able to adapt to changes in demand.

WSJ: China remains an unexplored frontier for foreign satellite operators. How do you read the likely evolution of Beijing's regulatory regime?

Mr. Mathur: At the moment, the regulatory environment in China doesn't permit us to provide services directly to Chinese customers, and the direct-to-home platform there is owned and run by the government. Regulations will evolve for different subsets of the telecommunications industry—voice, data, video—at different paces. My sense is that China will first potentially allow enterprise-type applications of satellite services, rather than, say, for media.

In the short-to-medium-term, our expectations are that things won't change in the regulatory framework. For now, we are expecting to continue to support Chinese corporate customers as they branch out overseas. We are actively involved with Chinese companies investing in Africa and South America—the big mining and extraction companies, for example—and we provide infrastructure for internal communications.

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07-20-2012, 06:38 AM
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AsiaSat: Results Of The Court Meeting And Adjournment Of The SGM

HONG KONG, 18 July 2012 – Asia Satellite Management Stock Ownership Trust (“MSOT”) and AsiaSat MSOT (PTC) Limited (acting in its capacity as trustee of MSOT) (together the “Offeror”) and Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited (“AsiaSat” or the “Company” and together with its subsidiaries, the “Group”) jointly announced today that the proposal (the “Proposal”) for the privatisation of AsiaSat by way of a scheme of arrangement (the "Scheme") has not been approved by the requisite majority and was disapproved by over 10% of the votes attaching to all the shares held by the independent shareholders at the Court Meeting (the “Results Announcement”). As a result, the Scheme cannot be put into effect, the Special General Meeting (“SGM”) has been adjourned indefinitely and the listing of AsiaSat shares on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong is and will be maintained.

At the request of the Company, trading in AsiaSat shares was suspended from 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, 18 July 2012 pending the release of the Results Announcement. An application has been made by the Company to the Stock Exchange for resumption of trading in AsiaSat shares with effect from 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, 19 July 2012.

Pursuant to Rule 31.1 of the Code on Takeovers and Mergers, neither the Offeror nor parties who acted in concert with it in the course of the Proposal (nor any person who is subsequently acting in concert with any of them) may within 12 months from the date of the Results Announcement, announce an offer or possible offer for the Company without the consent of the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong.

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07-21-2012, 06:25 AM
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High-power Interference Knocks Out Transponders On Eutelsat 25A

PARIS — A Eutelsat satellite over the Middle East that has been at the center of a conflict between the Paris-based fleet operator and the 21-nation Arabsat has been subjected to high-power interference that has knocked out a half-dozen transponders, Eutelsat and the French National Frequencies Agency said July 20.

The French agency, which is the French government representative to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), said in a July 20 statement that it had transmitted Eutelsat’s complaint to the ITU and to the government of Saudi Arabia, where Arabsat is headquartered.

One industry official familiar with the issue said the interference, in the form of digital video broadcast transmissions, is either intentional or an extraordinary antenna-pointing error by Riyadh-based Arabsat in aiming programming at the Eutelsat satellite.

Arabsat officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment about their dispute with Eutelsat, and it remained unclear whether the signal jamming was done with the knowledge of the Saudi government. The industry official said Eutelsat has been able to move the affected customers elsewhere, but that the loss of capacity due to the interference was ongoing.

Eutelsat said the interference began July 14.

In a July 19 message to customers of the Eutelsat 25A satellite, Eutelsat said the interference “consists of three unauthorized DVB television transmissions. All three are directed at Eutelsat 25A using either high power and/or bad polarizations which, in addition to the primary interference, is also causing secondary interference-related effects.”

The message suggests that Eutelsat has been able to pinpoint the source of the interference, saying the operator “will immediately be sending a detailed complaint to the ITU ... including all transmission parameters, screenshots and geo-location information that we have recorded from the interfering carriers.”

Eutelsat 25A is operated at 25.5 degrees east longitude in geostationary orbit. It is just one-half a degree away from an Arabsat satellite that hosts an Iranian telecommunications service.

Eutelsat has been battling Arabsat and Iran for more than two years over Ku-band frequency rights at that orbital position. Multiple attempts at mediation by orbital slot and broadcast frequency regulators at the ITU have been unable to resolve the dispute, despite the fact that Eutelsat, with the government of Qatar as a partner, plans to launch an even larger satellite into the 25.5-degree slot in less than a year.

Iran has said its signals are being interfered with by the Eutelsat 25A satellite; Eutelsat insists it, and not Arabsat or Iran, has rights to the Ku-band frequencies at that orbital location. Eutelsat and Arabsat agree that neither can fully operate satellites there in the current situation.

The interference, if it is determined to be coming from an Arabsat facility, raises the conflict level at a time when the two veteran fleet operators appeared to be nearing a solution.

The ITU’s latest attempt at mediation occurred July 4 in Geneva and included representatives of Eutelsat, Arabsat, the Iranian government, the French government and the government of Qatar.

Two officials said a settlement was floated that had at least provisional backing from both satellite operators. The agreement would divide in half the available Ku-band frequencies at the 25.5-26-degree location, with Arabsat and Eutelsat each getting the equivalent of 12 36-megahertz Ku-band transponders to operate in the Middle East and North Africa.

But being limited to 12 transponders would likely deal a blow to the Eutelsat satellite being built with the Qatar Satellite Co., Es’hailSat, called Eutelsat 25B/Es’hail 1.

Eutelsat asked Arabsat to include in the 50-50 split an agreement that Eutelsat would “lease” four transponders on the Arabsat satellite at 26 degrees east. One official said that in all likelihood, this transaction would be only a face-saving gesture, and that Eutelsat in fact would be using four additional transponders on its own satellite.

This official said Eutelsat nonetheless appeared to agree that it would provide some service or payment to Arabsat in exchange for the four additional transponders.

Another official said the large Iranian delegation at the meeting, frustrated that Arabsat and Saudi Arabia appeared to be negotiating with Eutelsat without Iranian input, protested that it did not support the proposed compromise.

The Iranian delegation had a second reason to be in foul humor. A six-month attempt by Iran to purchase or lease an in-orbit satellite to preserve Iran’s rights to 34 degrees east had failed to secure a spacecraft by the July 14 deadline. Iran had been given the six-month deadline following the most recent meeting of the World Radiocommunication Conference, a quadrennial assembly of ITU member nations.

Iran’s rights to 34 degrees east will now be erased, and the associated broadcast frequencies will be returned to the general ITU pool, an official said.

The July 4 ITU meeting on the Arabsat-Eutelsat dispute adjourned late the same day. Ten days later, the signal jamming began.

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07-24-2012, 04:59 PM
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Eutelsat Suffers High-Power Hit; Arabsat Blamed

Satellite operator Eutelsat has lost power from six full transponders on its Eutelsat-25A craft which mainly serves the Middle East. The loss has been confirmed by France’s National Frequency Agency and Eutelsat itself. The interference has been in effect since July 14.
The French agency says it has made a formal complaint to the International Telecommunications Union in Geneva, and to the government of Saudi Arabia where Arabsat is headquartered.

Relations between Arabsat and Eutelsat have become increasingly strained over the past few months because both parties claim transmission rights from the 25 degrees East slot. Trade newspaper Space News quotes an unidentified source stating that the interference was either deliberate or an extraordinary error by Arabsat. Eutelsat says it has pin-pointed the source of the interference as coming from Arabsat.

Eutelsat’s existing customers at 25.5 degrees East have been moved to other satellites.

However, the news could not have come at a worst time. An agreement covering future access to the 25 degrees East orbital slot is reported to have been hammered out at a special meeting of the ITU back on July 4. This latest problem could scupper that agreement.

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08-02-2012, 05:18 AM
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Boeing Delivers 2nd Intelsat 702MP Satellite To Sea Launch Home Port

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Aug. 1, 2012 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] recently completed shipment of the second of four 702MP satellites for customer Intelsat S.A., paving the way for a third quarter 2012 launch of another member of the medium-power satellite family Boeing introduced in 2009. The Intelsat 21 satellite will be carried into orbit by a Sea Launch AG Zenit 3SL rocket.

"We continue to deliver the 702MPs for Intelsat on or ahead of schedule, thanks to the satellite’s modular design and our focus on continuous improvement," said Craig Cooning, vice president and general manager of Boeing Space & Intelligence Systems. "With the first satellite, Intelsat 22, on orbit and performing as predicted, we are pleased to advance to this next step in Intelsat’s quest to expand its global capacity."

Intelsat 21, which will replace the Intelsat 9 satellite at 302 degrees east, will provide high-capacity video service to media customers in Latin America and the Caribbean. It also will offer South Atlantic coverage for customers engaged in mobile operations such as shipping and air traffic, as part of Intelsat's global Ku-band coverage scheduled for completion in early 2013.

Boeing introduced the 702MP spacecraft in 2009 to meet the needs of customers seeking satellites in the medium-power ranges. The 702MP provides the high-capability features inherent in the flight-proven Boeing 702HP satellite model, but with a substantially updated satellite bus structure and simplified propulsion system. The Boeing 702MP is designed to provide 15 or more years of satellite service.

Intelsat is the leading provider of satellite services worldwide. For over 45 years, Intelsat has been delivering information and entertainment for many of the world's leading media and network companies, multinational corporations, Internet service providers and governmental agencies. Intelsat's satellite, teleport and fiber infrastructure is unmatched in the industry, setting the standard for transmissions of video, data and voice services. From the globalization of content and the proliferation of HD, to the expansion of cellular networks and broadband access, with Intelsat, advanced communications anywhere in the world are closer, by far.

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world's largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world's largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $32 billion business with 61,000 employees worldwide.

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08-24-2012, 04:58 PM
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AsiaSat Held Steady For First Half Of 2012

Thu, 23 August, 2012, PARIS — Satellite fleet operator AsiaSat on Aug. 23 reported flat revenue for the first six months of 2012 compared to the same period a year ago after removing an unusual one-time revenue gain and said it was evaluating how to use its new AsiaSat 7 satellite for the two-year period before it replaces the aging AsiaSat 3S in 2014.

The company reported an increase in profit attributed to its disposal in December of a money-losing joint venture it owned with satellite-television broadcaster Dish Network of the United States.

Hong Kong-based AsiaSat, which is majority-owned by General Electric Co. (GE) of the United States and China’s government-owned CITIC Ltd. investment group, said it foresees no business repercussions from its failure to privatize itself in July.

Shareholders owning 75 percent of AsiaSat had backed a removal of the company from the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. But only independent shareholders unassociated with GE or with CITIC were allowed to vote, and an overwhelming percentage of them rejected the proposal.

It was the second time in five years that GE and CITIC had made the attempt.

For the six months ending June 30, AsiaSat reported revenue of nearly 1.1 billion Hong Kong dollars ($141.1 million), a 37 percent increase from the same period a year ago.

But the top-line figure includes a one-time payment of 296 million Hong Kong dollars from customers affected by a new finance law enacted in India, where AsiaSat sells satellite bandwidth.

The new Indian Finance Act, which was approved by India’s parliament in May, adds what could be a substantial new tax on foreign satellite fleet operators for certain commercial transactions deemed to be sourced in India.

In an Aug. 23 statement accompanying the financial results, AsiaSat Chairman Ju Wei Min said it is too early to assess the amount of tax AsiaSat may owe under the new law. AsiaSat nonetheless said it had booked a reserve of 382 million Hong Kong dollars for potential future tax assessments in India.

AsiaSat is one of several non-Indian satellite fleet operators that are affected by the new finance law.

The 130-member Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia (Casbaa) in April wrote to India’s Finance Ministry protesting certain features of the new law.

Stripping out the one-time revenue booking related to the Indian tax issue, AsiaSat’s revenue was flat compared to last year. Ju said this is not a bad result given the economic turmoil in the United States and Europe. Ju said he is cautious about performance in the second half of 2012, when Asia may feel a delayed reaction to the slowed U.S. and European economies.

AsiaSat operates four satellites in geostationary orbit following the recent retirement of the AsiaSat 2 spacecraft. AsiaSat 7, the company’s newest fleet addition, entered service in January but will not be needed to replace the AsiaSat 3S until 2014.

For AsiaSat, the question is whether a temporary role may be found for the satellite while it waits for AsiaSat 3S to be taken out of service. Several satellite operators around the world are known to be looking for satellites that could inhabit a given orbital slot for 90 days — long enough to register the slot as being “in use” under current international regulatory rules — before being moved elsewhere.

AsiaSat has two satellites under construction, both by Space Systems/Loral of Palo Alto, Calif., and both scheduled for launch in 2014 aboard Falcon 9 rockets operated by Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, Calif.

AsiaSat has signed a contract with International Launch Services of Reston, Va., for a launch of one of these two satellites in the event a SpaceX launch is delayed, or for a future satellite if SpaceX keeps to the planned launch dates.

One of the two satellites under construction at Space Systems/Loral, the AsiaSat 6, will be operated from 120 degrees west in geostationary orbit, with its 28 C-band transponders divided between AsiaSat and Thai satellite operator Thaicom.

Thaicom has agreed to pay AsiaSat $171 million over 15 years for the capacity. The deal with AsiaSat has permitted Thailand and Thaicom to retain their rights to the 120-degree slot by occupying the position before Thailand’s rights to it expire.

While its recurring revenue was flat for the six months ending June 30, AsiaSat reported that its profit increased by 8 percent, to 395 million Hong Kong dollars.

The increase is mainly due to the fact that AsiaSat reported a large loss on its Dish-HD Asia Satellite joint venture. The business was disposed of in December 2011 and sold in June.

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09-02-2012, 10:13 AM
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Thaicom Clinches Right To Retain Second Orbital Slot

The Nation August 31, 2012, The Information and Communications Technology Ministry can now preserve the country's right to use the 50.5 degrees east longitude orbital slot, which had been due to expire in November, after Thaicom informed it that it had made plans for an interim satellite to be positioned there.

In the next step, Thaicom will have to ask for a licence from the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) to operate the interim satellite, ICT Minister Anudith Nakornthap said yesterday after being briefed by Thaicom.

A ministry source said the interim satellite would be parked at the 50.5 degrees slot next week. The device belongs to a European operator whose satellites orbit in adjacent slots.

Thaicom was assigned by the ICT Ministry in the previous government to help preserve the country's legal right to use two slots, 120 degrees east and 50.5 degrees east. Thaicom and Asia Satellite Telecommunication (AsiaSat) have already jointly positioned an interim satellite to retain the 120 degrees slot, so the next task was to retain rights to the other slot.

Anudith also announced the ministry's one-year performance report yesterday, of which one accomplishment is its further expansion of broadband Internet accessibility in remote areas. The ministry has targeted this expansion to cover 80 per cent of the populations by 2015 and 95 per cent by 2020.

He added that basic telecom infrastructure now covered 87 per cent of the populations.

The ministry aims to install free Wi-Fi service in 250,000 spots nationwide in the future, up from the target this year of 30,000, of which 10,567 are in place. It kicked off the project last year as part of the government's policy to promote equal Internet broadband access among Thais wherever they live. Currently the service has 279,128 users.

Anudith said his ministry also achieved the government's task of procuring tablet computers for Prathom 1 students under the One Tablet Per Child project. In July the ministry signed an order for the second lot of tablets with the Chinese firm Shenzhen Scope Scientific Development. This order is for 403,941 units at US$82 each or a total of Bt1.05 billion as part of the total order for 804,941 of the devices.

It signed the order for the first lot of 400,000 units with Shenzhen Scope in May. The Chinese supplier is expected to finish delivering all of the units in September.

On the attempt by TOT and CAT Telecom to keep their spectra after their cellular concessions end, Anudith said he had assigned a joint committee of the ICT Ministry and the NBTC to handle the task.

The joint committee will be mandated to solve 10 key issues, including whether the two state telecom agencies can hang on to their spectra after the concessions expire.

CAT's cellular concessions granted to TrueMove and Digital Phone Co both end in September next year, followed by the Advanced Info Service concession granted by TOT, which expires in 2015. CAT's concession granted to Total Access Communication (DTAC) is the last to expire, in 2018. Both state agencies want to maintain these spectra to generate new revenue sources.

Under the NBTC's spectrum management master plan, all state agencies have to hand over their spectra for NBTC reallocation once the private concessions end.

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09-03-2012, 07:45 PM
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Boeing To Build Intelsat's 1st Epic Satellite

PARIS, 3 September, 2012 — Boeing will build the first of Intelsat’s Epic series of high-throughput telecommunications satellites under a contract to be announced the week of Sept. 3, Intelsat and Boeing officials said.

The satellite, IS-29e, will provide between 25 and 30 gigabits per second of bandwidth for fixed and mobile customers in North and South America and over the North Atlantic maritime and aeronautical routes.

While 30 gigabits per second is much less than what is provided by several satellites deployed for consumer broadband, it is an unprecedented throughput for its intended customers, Intelsat Chief Technology Officer Thierry Guillemin said.

In an interview, Guillemin said IS-29e, with around 15 kilowatts of power available for its payload, will carry a roughly equivalent number of C- and Ku-band transponders. The Ku-band will be more frequently used than the C-band to deliver high-speed capacity through narrow spot beams that facilitate the reuse of the frequency.

Guillemin said users of mobile satellite capacity want to tap into spot beams for high-bandwidth applications, while also accessing wide-beam coverage for television broadcasts.

A second Epic satellite, IS-33e, is expected to be ordered in the coming months to fill out Intelsat’s announced capital spending plan. Guillemin said the coverage of IS-29e and IS-33e has been configured such that the two satellites cover most of the world’s mobile markets.

The Epic satellites will add a layer of higher-speed capacity over Intelsat’s existing mobile capacity, which consists of 10 beams on seven standard-power satellites, the last of which will launch in 2013.

Guillemin said Washington- and Luxembourg-based Intelsat had not yet decided on the prime contractor for IS-33e, but that several manufacturers appear to be able to offer similar packages that give C- and Ku-band a throughput that up to now has been associated mainly with Ka-band, and mainly for consumer Internet services.

Craig R. Cooning, vice president and general manager of Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems, said in a written response to Space News questions that bringing high throughput to C- and Ku-band is not markedly different from Ka-band.

“The fundamental principles are the same,” Cooning said Aug. 31. “However, there are inherent differences in the frequencies that also factor into the capability. Hardware cost and availability is generally better for C- and Ku-band than for Ka-band.”

Intelsat is able to offer such high bandwidth in the C- and Ku-bands because of its stable of orbital slots, some of which have been allocated far more broadcasting frequency by international regulators than the company is using.

For El Segundo, Calif.-based Boeing, the Intelsat order is the final chapter in a four-satellite contract signed in mid-2009 that permitted the manufacturer to inaugurate what is now its showcase commercial product, the updated 702B platform and its several variations.

The company has since booked orders for three high-power 702 satellites, all in Ka-band, from mobile services satellite operator Inmarsat of London. More recently, Boeing introduced an all-electric variant of the 702 line, the 702SP, that offers substantial weight savings on satellites by replacing chemical propellant with an all-electric design.

The weight savings then can be used to lower launch costs. The first two 702SP customers, ABS of Hong Kong and Satmex of Mexico, have teamed up to purchase a total of three or four 702SP satellites, with the first two to be launched together on a Falcon 9 rocket operated by Space Exploration Technologies Corp. of Hawthorne, Calif.

Fitting these two satellites in a single Falcon 9 would not have been possible without an all-electric propulsion system.

Intelsat and other prospective customers of the all-electric-propulsion design have questioned whether the several months it takes for one of these satellites to climb from the transfer orbit where it is dropped by its launch vehicle into final geostationary position might not expose its solar arrays and electronics to excessive radiation found at the altitudes along the way.

A satellite using conventional chemical propellant burns several hundred kilograms of fuel to reach its final orbit in a matter of days.

Cooning said Boeing has accounted for this in its 702SP design.

“Boeing has significant experience with MEO [medium-Earth orbit] satellites such as GPS and ICO, which face much more severe environments than the six months of orbit-raising for the 702SP,” he said. ICO was a proposed 12-satellite MEO constellation on which Boeing was prime contractor. Only one spacecraft was launched and the business has since shut down with the remaining satellites in storage.

“This experience has been leveraged for the 702SP,” Cooning said. “We have designed the solar array to account for the time spent in transfer orbit, and incorporated the appropriate shielding into the spacecraft to protect the electronics.”

Cooning said Boeing is pursuing “multiple opportunities” for additional 702SP orders that have arisen since the ABS/Satmex contract announced in March. “The ability to dual manifest on the Falcon 9, and the available payload power of around 8 kilowatts, is economically compelling,” he said.

By Peter B. de Selding

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09-26-2012, 10:21 AM
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Eutelsat Communications Concludes Acquisition Of GE-23 Expanding Footprint To High Growth Asia-Pacific Markets

PARIS, September 25, 2012 – Eutelsat Communications, one of the world’s leading satellite operators, today announced closure of the transaction to acquire the GE-23 satellite, associated customer contracts and orbital rights from GE Capital, having obtained all required regulatory approvals.

The satellite, renamed EUTELSAT 172A, is now part of Eutelsat’s fleet, with technical and commercial teams working to ensure a smooth transition for existing customers.

Commenting on the acquisition, Michel de Rosen, CEO of Eutelsat Communications, said, “We are delighted to announce finalisation of this acquisition that brings three key assets to Eutelsat: first, a high-quality satellite equipped with a flexible payload of C and Ku-band capacity in great demand over the Asia-Pacific region. Secondly, the transaction includes orbital rights at 172° East, giving us an exceptional platform to serve dynamic markets in the region as well as headroom for further expansion. Thirdly, we are acquiring a portfolio of quality customer relationships that we are excited to serve. This satellite adds further ballast to Eutelsat‘s organic growth initiatives, notably our EUTELSAT 70B satellite which is equipped with a dedicated Asian beam and on track for launch later this year.“

Built by Thales Alenia Space, the satellite was launched in December 2005 with expected performance for 15 years. From geostationary orbit at 172° East, it offers unique coverage over the Asia-Pacific region via a payload of 20 Ku-band transponders accessing five interconnecting beams and 18 C-band transponders connected to a trans-Pacific beam. Leveraging its comprehensive coverage and high-bandwidth capability, EUTELSAT 172A already offers a broad range of telecom services to a diverse base of blue chip customers.

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10-12-2012, 06:32 PM
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Intelsat Accepts 2nd On-Orbit Boeing 702MP Satellite

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Oct. 11, 2012 -- Intelsat S.A. has accepted its second Boeing 702MP (Medium Power) satellite, Intelsat 21, which was launched Aug. 18 and is enhancing Intelsat's broadcast and communications services throughout four continents.

Boeing introduced the 702MP spacecraft line in 2009 to meet customer requirements for satellites with 6 to 12 kilowatts of power. The 702MP provides the high capability of the flight-proven Boeing 702HP (High Power) model, but with a modified bus structure and a simplified propulsion system.

"Intelsat 21 has entered service and is enabling Intelsat to expand its global mobility network for maritime and aeronautical customers," said Craig Cooning, CEO of Boeing Satellite Systems International and vice president of Boeing Space & Intelligence Systems. "This 702MP is the second Boeing-built satellite to be accepted by Intelsat in just four months' time."

Replacing Intelsat 9, Intelsat 21 features mobility services spanning the Atlantic Ocean to Europe, Africa and South America. Designed to provide more than 15 years of service, Intelsat 21 also hosts a leading C-band video distribution neighborhood for Latin America with connectivity from Europe and North America. Its Ku-band service will serve direct-to-home programmers in Mexico and corporate network customers in Brazil. Intelsat’s global broadband mobility platform is set for completion in early 2013.

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10-24-2012, 05:48 AM
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RSCC To Use DirecTV Satellite As A Backup

PARIS — The Russian Satellite Communications Co. (RSCC) will be taking control of the DirecTV-1R direct-broadcast television satellite in January and operating it in a Russian orbital slot following an agreement with the satellite’s owner, DirecTV of El Segundo, Calif., according to Russian and U.S. industry officials.

DirecTV-1R, which was launched in 1999, will be gradually moved from its current slot at 101 degrees west longitude to the RSCC slot at 56.16 degrees east, where it is expected to arrive Dec. 21, Moscow-based RSCC said Oct. 19 in a response to Space News inquiries.

Beginning in January, DirecTV-1R will be operated in an inclined orbit — meaning it is not fully stabilized on its north-south axis — to provide television broadcasts to Russian customers.

DirecTV-1R will be used by RSCC for about a year to back up the television programming now carried by the Bonum-1 satellite, which was launched in 1998 with an expected 11.5-year life. While still operational, Bonum-1 is nearing the end of its life and, to save fuel, has been placed into an increasingly inclined orbit that threatens broadcast quality.

RSCC needs a replacement satellite because of delays in the arrival of its Express-AT1 spacecraft, which RSCC said is now not expected to arrive on station until late 2013. DirecTV had been planning to place DirecTV-1R into retirement before the request from RSCC arrived, DirecTV said in a document filed with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.

Once Express-AT1 has been declared operational, it will assume the traffic carried on DirecTV-1 and Bonum-1, and both of the latter satellites will be retired to graveyard orbits above the geostationary arc.

   

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Thales Makes Second Attempt To Adjust Yamal Orbit

MOSCOW, December 11 2012 - Specialists from Thales Alenia Space carried out on Tuesday a second out of four scheduled maneuvers to bring the Yamal-402 satellite into its designated orbit, Russia’s Gazprom Space Systems (GSS) company said.

The first maneuver with the use of the satellite’s own engines and fuel reserves was conducted on Sunday night as Yamal failed to reach its desired geostationary orbit after a premature separation from the upper stage of a Russian Proton-M carrier rocket late on Saturday.

"The current maneuver took a bit less time than the previous one," a GSS spokesperson told RIA Novosti. "Thales specialists are satisfied with the result."

The Yamal-402 satellite has been built by Thales Alenia Space for the GSS, a telecommunications arm of Russias energy giant Gazprom, to provide communication links over the most part of the territory of Russia, CIS, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

The satellite, equipped with 46 Ku-band transponders, was launched from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan on December 8 but separated from the upper stage four minutes prior to the calculated time due to an apparent glitch in the Briz-M booster, which has a rather poor performance record.

Even if the four-stage operation is successful, the service life of the satellite will be reduced from 15 to 11 years due to the unexpected use of fuel reserves.

The Yamal-402 is the second telecoms satellite launched for the GSS this year. The Yamal-300K telecoms satellite, built by Russia’s Reshetnev space company, was successfully orbited on November 3. Its service zone covers 95 percent of the Russian territory.

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12-13-2012, 05:20 AM
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Yamal-402 Satellite Orbit Adjusted Successfully

A second maneuver to lift the Yamal-402 satellite into its designated orbit has been successful, a spokesman for the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) told Interfax-AVN.

"The operation was carried out under the supervision of the Mission Control Center of Thales Alenia Space company, which built this satellite for OJSC Gazprom Space Systems. Its specialists have reported that the satellite's engines operated normally. The planned maneuver was accomplished successfully," he said.

Earlier reports said that several extra maneuvers would have to be performed, using the satellite's own engines and onboard fuel reserves, to place Yamal-402 into its designated orbit following a malfunction of the upper stage.

The upper stage failed to place the Yamal-402 communication satellite in the final orbit on Sunday. When its engine was fired for the fourth time, it operated for five instead of nine minutes and the flight sequence of the satellite was distorted. Fuel from the satellite's storages will have to be burned additionally to take it to the planned position which may reduce the service life of the satellite.

The Briz-M upper stage was designed and is serially produced at the Khrunichev Space Center. The propulsion engines for Briz-M are manufactured by the Isayev Designer Bureau in Korolyov, Moscow region.

Control over Yamal-402 will soon be transferred to Gazprom Space Systems. The satellite will offer broadcasting services in Russia, as well as countries of Western and Central Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

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12-31-2012, 08:31 PM
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Satellite Payloads Delivered To ISS-Reshetnev

ISS-Reshetnev is the prime contractor responsible for the manufacture of telecommunications satellites Express-AT2 and Yamal-401. The company subcontracted work on the payloads for these spacecraft to its long-standing partner Thales Alenia Space. Having arrived at ISS-Reshetnev, repeater systems and antennas for the two satellites are currently undergoing incoming inspection.

The Express-AT2 spacecraft is being built around a middle-class Express-1000K platform for the national operator RSCC (Russian Satellite Communications Company). It will employ one antenna and 16 Ku-band transponders.

Yamal-401, based on a heavy-class Express-2000A satellite platform, is being manufactured for Gazprom Space Systems. The spacecraft’s payload includes 3 antennas as well as 53 Ku- and C-band transponders.

Both satellites are intended to provide communications, television broadcasting and data transmission services in the territory of Russia and its neighboring countries. Express-AT2 and Yamal-401 are due to launch in 2013.

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01-07-2013, 05:35 PM
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NEC To Invest 10 Billion Yen To Build Satellites For Developing Nations

January 7th, 2013 - Japans NEC Corp. has revealed plans to invest 10 billion yen (approx. $114.5 million) to build a new factory in Tokyo that will produce space satellites at a low-cost for emerging nations. Sources say the technology company is looking to begin manufacturing in fiscal 2014, which begins in April of that year.

The plan is for the factory, to be built in the suburb of Fuchu as part of a joint effort with the central government, to help Japan win contracts from other countries that are looking to build and launch their own satellites. While the 10 billion yen figure is seen as relatively competitive on the global scale for building a commercial satellite factory, NEC has already been successful in lowering the costs of producing small satellites and related equipment to prices between 6 billion yen and 8 billion yen (from $68.7 million to $91.6 million).

Japanese engineering company IHI Corp. has developed a 3 billion yen ($34.4 million) rocket that can carry a small satellite into space, and when combined with NEC’s product, provides Japan with competitive pricing. While North Korea claims its long-range missile launch last month was successful in putting a scientific satellite into orbit, the international community still has doubt about what really made it into space and if it actually functions. Maybe next time around North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un can come knocking on NEC’s door for a fair price.

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01-09-2013, 11:47 AM
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Thaicom Speeds Up Satellite Plan

January 9, 2013 - Thaicom Plc, the country's sole satellite service provider, is accelerating plans to launch Thaicom 8 by early 2016 to keep up with the exponential growth of the full digital industry. The planned 440-transponder broadband satellite, also known as iPSTAR 2, will cost about US$200 million and be positioned in the orbital slot at 119.5 degrees, said chief executive Suphajee Suthumpun.

"Our feasibility plan involving satellite categories and investment options for iPSTAR 2 will be completed by June, with the planned launch of the new satellite in the next three years," she said.

Ms Suphajee said the accelerated move is to accommodate the greater use of iPSTAR 1, which has reached half of its capacity after the company signed a contract with China Telecom's satellite unit. Thaicom last week reached a framework agreement with China Telecom Satellite and Synertone Communication Corporation to proceed with the sale of iPSTAR bandwidth in China. The use of iPSTAR in China alone accounts for 24% of its capacity.

The iPSTAR 2 satellite is also aimed at serving an anticipated exponential increase in local broadband bandwidth consumption, Ms Suphajee said. Thaicom is also moving ahead with its plan to build two more satellites.

It expects to seal a deal to sell iPSTAR bandwidth in India in March, accounting for 10% of its capacity.

"To further boost iPSTAR utilisation, we are moving to expand into Indonesia, the Philippines and Myanmar this year," she said, adding that it is focusing on corporate and enterprise users.

Thaicom is also preparing to launch its Thaicom 6 telecommunications satellite, worth $160 million, by the middle of this year.

"The commercial satellite has been already booked up to 40% of its capacity, reaching its utilisation goal or the breakeven point," Ms Suphajee said.

The company also plans to launch broadcast satellite Thaicom 9, to be positioned at 50.5 degrees east, to reserve the country's orbital slot, which expired last November. It plans to expand its footprint in the Middle East, Europe and Africa.

Thaicom attained profitability in the final quarter of 2011 after facing losses for several years. Thaicom's concession is due to expire in 2021. The company has been in operation for 22 years.

Thaicom operates only two satellites _ Thaicom 4 (iPSTAR) and Thaicom 5. Thaicom 4, 5 and 6 are under concessions from the Information and Communication Technology Ministry.

Ms Suphajee said Thailand's telecom and broadcast revolutions are being driven towards a paradigm shift to a "technology convergence" era, which means broadband and broadcast can now support all forms of communications on different networks.

She said Thaicom expects to see healthy growth this year in tandem with positive growth in the country's broadband demand, thanks to the government's policy of free public WiFi and the One Tablet per Child scheme.

Up to 60% of revenue will come from satellite services this year.

The company has sold its loss-making mobile unit in Cambodia.

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01-09-2013, 11:47 AM
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Thaicom Speeds Up Satellite Plan

January 9, 2013 - Thaicom Plc, the country's sole satellite service provider, is accelerating plans to launch Thaicom 8 by early 2016 to keep up with the exponential growth of the full digital industry. The planned 440-transponder broadband satellite, also known as iPSTAR 2, will cost about US$200 million and be positioned in the orbital slot at 119.5 degrees, said chief executive Suphajee Suthumpun. "Our feasibility plan involving satellite categories and investment options for iPSTAR 2 will be completed by June, with the planned launch of the new satellite in the next three years," she said.

Ms Suphajee said the accelerated move is to accommodate the greater use of iPSTAR 1, which has reached half of its capacity after the company signed a contract with China Telecom's satellite unit. Thaicom last week reached a framework agreement with China Telecom Satellite and Synertone Communication Corporation to proceed with the sale of iPSTAR bandwidth in China. The use of iPSTAR in China alone accounts for 24% of its capacity.

The iPSTAR 2 satellite is also aimed at serving an anticipated exponential increase in local broadband bandwidth consumption, Ms Suphajee said. Thaicom is also moving ahead with its plan to build two more satellites.

It expects to seal a deal to sell iPSTAR bandwidth in India in March, accounting for 10% of its capacity.

"To further boost iPSTAR utilisation, we are moving to expand into Indonesia, the Philippines and Myanmar this year," she said, adding that it is focusing on corporate and enterprise users.

Thaicom is also preparing to launch its Thaicom 6 telecommunications satellite, worth $160 million, by the middle of this year.

"The commercial satellite has been already booked up to 40% of its capacity, reaching its utilisation goal or the breakeven point," Ms Suphajee said.

The company also plans to launch broadcast satellite Thaicom 9, to be positioned at 50.5 degrees east, to reserve the country's orbital slot, which expired last November. It plans to expand its footprint in the Middle East, Europe and Africa.

Thaicom attained profitability in the final quarter of 2011 after facing losses for several years. Thaicom's concession is due to expire in 2021. The company has been in operation for 22 years.

Thaicom operates only two satellites _ Thaicom 4 (iPSTAR) and Thaicom 5. Thaicom 4, 5 and 6 are under concessions from the Information and Communication Technology Ministry.

Ms Suphajee said Thailand's telecom and broadcast revolutions are being driven towards a paradigm shift to a "technology convergence" era, which means broadband and broadcast can now support all forms of communications on different networks.

She said Thaicom expects to see healthy growth this year in tandem with positive growth in the country's broadband demand, thanks to the government's policy of free public WiFi and the One Tablet per Child scheme.

Up to 60% of revenue will come from satellite services this year.

The company has sold its loss-making mobile unit in Cambodia.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/

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01-09-2013, 11:48 AM
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Thaicom Speeds Up Satellite Plan

January 9, 2013 - Thaicom Plc, the country's sole satellite service provider, is accelerating plans to launch Thaicom 8 by early 2016 to keep up with the exponential growth of the full digital industry. The planned 440-transponder broadband satellite, also known as iPSTAR 2, will cost about US$200 million and be positioned in the orbital slot at 119.5 degrees, said chief executive Suphajee Suthumpun. "Our feasibility plan involving satellite categories and investment options for iPSTAR 2 will be completed by June, with the planned launch of the new satellite in the next three years," she said.

Ms Suphajee said the accelerated move is to accommodate the greater use of iPSTAR 1, which has reached half of its capacity after the company signed a contract with China Telecom's satellite unit. Thaicom last week reached a framework agreement with China Telecom Satellite and Synertone Communication Corporation to proceed with the sale of iPSTAR bandwidth in China. The use of iPSTAR in China alone accounts for 24% of its capacity.

The iPSTAR 2 satellite is also aimed at serving an anticipated exponential increase in local broadband bandwidth consumption, Ms Suphajee said. Thaicom is also moving ahead with its plan to build two more satellites. It expects to seal a deal to sell iPSTAR bandwidth in India in March, accounting for 10% of its capacity. "To further boost iPSTAR utilisation, we are moving to expand into Indonesia, the Philippines and Myanmar this year," she said, adding that it is focusing on corporate and enterprise users.

Thaicom is also preparing to launch its Thaicom 6 telecommunications satellite, worth $160 million, by the middle of this year. "The commercial satellite has been already booked up to 40% of its capacity, reaching its utilisation goal or the breakeven point," Ms Suphajee said.

The company also plans to launch broadcast satellite Thaicom 9, to be positioned at 50.5 degrees east, to reserve the country's orbital slot, which expired last November. It plans to expand its footprint in the Middle East, Europe and Africa.

Thaicom attained profitability in the final quarter of 2011 after facing losses for several years. Thaicom's concession is due to expire in 2021. The company has been in operation for 22 years.

Thaicom operates only two satellites _ Thaicom 4 (iPSTAR) and Thaicom 5. Thaicom 4, 5 and 6 are under concessions from the Information and Communication Technology Ministry.

Ms Suphajee said Thailand's telecom and broadcast revolutions are being driven towards a paradigm shift to a "technology convergence" era, which means broadband and broadcast can now support all forms of communications on different networks.

She said Thaicom expects to see healthy growth this year in tandem with positive growth in the country's broadband demand, thanks to the government's policy of free public WiFi and the One Tablet per Child scheme.

Up to 60% of revenue will come from satellite services this year.

The company has sold its loss-making mobile unit in Cambodia.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/

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01-09-2013, 11:49 AM
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Thaicom Speeds Up Satellite Plan

January 9, 2013 - Thaicom Plc, the country's sole satellite service provider, is accelerating plans to launch Thaicom 8 by early 2016 to keep up with the exponential growth of the full digital industry. The planned 440-transponder broadband satellite, also known as iPSTAR 2, will cost about US$200 million and be positioned in the orbital slot at 119.5 degrees, said chief executive Suphajee Suthumpun. "Our feasibility plan involving satellite categories and investment options for iPSTAR 2 will be completed by June, with the planned launch of the new satellite in the next three years," she said.

Ms Suphajee said the accelerated move is to accommodate the greater use of iPSTAR 1, which has reached half of its capacity after the company signed a contract with China Telecom's satellite unit. Thaicom last week reached a framework agreement with China Telecom Satellite and Synertone Communication Corporation to proceed with the sale of iPSTAR bandwidth in China. The use of iPSTAR in China alone accounts for 24% of its capacity.

The iPSTAR 2 satellite is also aimed at serving an anticipated exponential increase in local broadband bandwidth consumption, Ms Suphajee said. Thaicom is also moving ahead with its plan to build two more satellites. It expects to seal a deal to sell iPSTAR bandwidth in India in March, accounting for 10% of its capacity. "To further boost iPSTAR utilisation, we are moving to expand into Indonesia, the Philippines and Myanmar this year," she said, adding that it is focusing on corporate and enterprise users.

Thaicom is also preparing to launch its Thaicom 6 telecommunications satellite, worth $160 million, by the middle of this year. "The commercial satellite has been already booked up to 40% of its capacity, reaching its utilisation goal or the breakeven point," Ms Suphajee said.

The company also plans to launch broadcast satellite Thaicom 9, to be positioned at 50.5 degrees east, to reserve the country's orbital slot, which expired last November. It plans to expand its footprint in the Middle East, Europe and Africa.

Thaicom attained profitability in the final quarter of 2011 after facing losses for several years. Thaicom's concession is due to expire in 2021. The company has been in operation for 22 years.

Thaicom operates only two satellites Thaicom 4 (iPSTAR) and Thaicom 5. Thaicom 4, 5 and 6 are under concessions from the Information and Communication Technology Ministry.

Ms Suphajee said Thailand's telecom and broadcast revolutions are being driven towards a paradigm shift to a "technology convergence" era, which means broadband and broadcast can now support all forms of communications on different networks.

She said Thaicom expects to see healthy growth this year in tandem with positive growth in the country's broadband demand, thanks to the government's policy of free public WiFi and the One Tablet per Child scheme.

Up to 60% of revenue will come from satellite services this year.

The company has sold its loss-making mobile unit in Cambodia.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/

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01-21-2013, 02:57 PM
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Eutelsat Maximizes Satellite Bandwidth Usage

January 17, 2013 - Global satellite operator Eutelsat Communications has selected Harmonic's ProStream 1000 with ACE stream processing and transcoding solution to optimize bandwidth allocation for its direct-to-home (DTH) service in Africa.

Using the scalable, ultra-dense ProStream platform, Eutelsat has implemented dual illumination of DVB-S/MPEG-2 and DVB-S2/MPEG-4 video content to increase satellite capacity and its DTH service offerings, as well as deliver superior video quality to subscribers.

The ProStream 1000 with ACE solution maximizes Eutelsat's bandwidth efficiency by providing up to 20 HD or 60 SD channels of video and audio transcoding from a single rack unit. The transcoder also incorporates ASI-to-IP multiplexing and scrambling while seamlessly integrating with the existing headend, which includes Harmonic ProView 7000 integrated receiver-decoders (IRDs).

   
The ProStream 1000 with ACE solution maximizes Eutelsat's bandwidth efficiency by providing up to 20 HD or 60 SD channels of video and audio transcoding from a single rack unit.

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