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Measat Affiliate Leases 18 Transponders of Measat-3b Satellite

Measat Affiliate Leases 18 Transponders of Measat-3b Satellite
By Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Satellite fleet operator Measat Global of Malaysia on May 25 announced that its sister company, the Astro direct-broadcast television network, had agreed to lease 18 transponders aboard the Measat-3b satellite scheduled for launch in late 2013.

Astro, whose formal name is Measat Broadcast Network Systems, agreed to maintain the lease for the full 15-year operational life of Measat-3b. The lease means Measat-3b is 50 percent full some 18 months before launch, Measat Global Chairman Datuk Umar bin Haji Abu said in a statement.

Measat-3b is under construction by Astrium Satellites of Europe. It is designed to carry 48 Ku-band transponders and to operate at Measat Global’s 91.5 degrees east orbital slot alongside the smaller Measat-3 and Measat-3a spacecraft.

Measat operates four satellites at three orbital positions, and has leased a large portion of the Ku-band consumer broadband capacity aboard the IPStar/Thaicom-4 satellite operated by Thaicom of Thailand. The Measat capacity on the satellite is called Measat-5.

In addition to Measat-3b, Measat has the Africasat-1a satellite under construction and scheduled for launch late this year into the 46 degrees slot now occupied by Africasat-1. Africasat is the name of the Measat portion of these satellites’ capacity, which it shares with the government of Azerbaijan.

http://www.spacenews.com/satellite_telecom/120525-measat-affiliate-leases-transponders.html




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  1. one and half year is too long in this competition , bad luck for both these two dth

  2. Ya Sun Direct and RDTV may use this TP’s. But we need to wait for at-least 1 and half year to see this satellite operational..

  3. will these be used by sun direct and reliance?

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