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ISRO in talks to lease Ku-band to overcome Insat-4B crisis
National space agency ISRO is in talks with a couple of foreign satellite operators to urgently lease Ku-band capacity over the next couple of days as half of its Insat-4B remains shut down, a senior ISRO official said.

This would mainly accommodate the DTH services of Sun TV. The troubled half of orbiting communications satellite Insat 4B remained shut on Monday, too.

Sun TV, which has hired seven of the 12 Ku-band transponders on it, is the single large affected user of Insat-4B. The satellite was hit by a power supply anomaly on July 8.

“Insat-4B is stable but about the problem on it, it is status quo. We do not have (spare) Ku-band capacity in our Insat system. We are trying to locate capacity available outside and it may take a couple of days more,” Dr N. Neelakantan, Director, Satellite Communication and Navigation Programme, told Business Line.

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