Satellite flies out of the east

Alcatel Space has signed a $118 million contract with APT Satellite Holdings to design and deliver a satellite with a ‘footprint’ that extends over almost the whole Asia Pacific region.

Alcatel Space has signed a $118 million contract with APT Satellite Holdings Limited (APT), a satellite operator in the Asia Pacific region, to design, manufacture and deliver a telecommunication satellite and its associated ground segment.

Alcatel Space will supply its SB4000 geo-stationary telecommunications satellite for APT’s future APSTAR VB project.

With 50 Ku-band and C-band transponders, the satellite offers APT the capability to provide advanced broadband multimedia, new digital television services and traditional telecommunications services to telecom and television operators in the Asia Pacific region.

The transponders will enable the satellite to have a ‘footprint’ that extends over almost the whole Asia Pacific region from India, China to Australia.

Through its Satellite Control Centre in Tai Po, Hong Kong, APT Satellite Holdings currently operates three in-orbit geostationary satellites comprising APSTAR I, APSTAR IA and APSTAR IIR.

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