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Update: Measat-3B to be launched in May
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KUALA LUMPUR: Measat Global Bhd will be
launching its sixth satellite, the RM1.2 billion
Measat-3B, in French Guiana, South America, in
mid-May this year.
Communication and Multimedia Minister Ahmad
Shabery Cheek (pic, centre) said Measat-3B
which covers Malaysia, Indonesia, South Asia and
Australia will help to increase connectivity level
up by between 10% and 20%, bridging the digital
gaps in Malaysia.
“Currently, I would say the connectivity level in
Malaysia is around 65%, whereby rural areas still
have limited access for communication.
With Measat-3B we can have better and speedy
connectivity,” he told the media after visiting
Measat Teleport and Broadcast Centre in
Cyberjaya yesterday.
The minister also said Measat-3B had 20 to 30
times more capacity than its previous satellites.
“Measat-3B is a powerful satellite that will more
than double the current Ku-Band capacity
operated by Measat and allow the Malaysian
operator to meet the increasing requirements of
direct-to-home and telecommunications services
in the region,” he said.
Malaysia’s venture into commercial satellite
technology started in May 1994, when Binariang
Sdn Bhd and Boeing Satellite System signed an
agreement for the construction of Malaysia East
Asia Satellite (Measat) System.
Measat-1, based on Boeing 376 satellite platform
was launched on January 1996 at French Guiana
via Arianne 4 rocket. Measat-2 was launched at
the same location via a similar rocket some nine
months later.
The Measat-3, based on Boeing 601HP satellite
platform was launched into space at Baikonur via
Proton M rocket on Dec 12, 2006.
The Measat-3A on the other hand was based on
Orbital Science’s STAR-2 platform and was
launched into space at Baikonur via Zenit-3SLB
rocket on June 21, 2009.
Measat-3B is built by EADS Astrium based on
Eurostar 3000 platform. All Measat series
satellites are still in service. The Measat-1 and
Measat-2 are now known as Africasat-1 and
Africasat-2.
According to Measat Satellite Systems Sdn Bhd
director Mohamed Hanif Omar, Measat-3B is the
largest satellite ever ordered and that it is looking
to launch Measat-3C in mid-2015 which will
eventually bring the number of satellites operating
by Measat to seven.
“Measat-3B is completed and being kept in
France before it will be launch in May. For
Measat-3C we collaborate with an Australian
company. Works are on schedule and thus we are
confident to launch it next year to provide better
and upgraded connectivity to Malaysians as well
as Africa, India and across the region,” he said.
Measat-3B is designed to have a launch mass of
5.8 tonnes, and electrical power of 16kW and is
planned for an operational lifetime of over 15
years.
As prime contractor for Measat-3B, EADS
Astrium is responsible for the design and
manufacture of the satellite, and the supply of
both payload and platform.
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ohhh. so sd customers want to wait till may
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ohh... hearing same long time....
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Wait friends...
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Will there any improvements in HD channels... at present we have only 10 channels

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