Measat to invest $ 175 m on fourth satellite
Paul I. Brown Kenyon
Measat Satellite Systems Sdn Bhd, a fully owned subsidiary company
under the Usaha Tegas group owned by Malaysian Business tycoon T.Ananda
Krishnan will launch the fourth satellite during the third quarter of
this year investing US$175 mln.
Measat’s Chief Operating Officer Paul I. Brown Kenyon told a visiting
media delegation to its satellite facility in Cyberjaya in Kuala Lumpur
that satellite technology can be used to provide a range of
telecommunications and media services such as GSM Backhaul, distance
learning, DTH, Corporate networks, remote connectivity, telemedicine,
video conferencing, digital cinema, data broadcasting as well as voice
At present Measat operates three spacecraft providing services over
the wider Asia-Pacific, Europe and African regions in 145 countries.
He said that they will hold discussions later this week with Sri
Lanka Telecom Mobitel officials on supporting SLT’s coverage through
Measat’s extensive satellite coverage in orbit.
Kenyon said that they were happy to work with SLT even to launch its
own satellite to the satisfaction of Sri Lankan customers. He said there
are a number of customers using their satellite but declined to name
them. “While Measat satellites support the core part of Malaysia’s ICT
infrastructure, they also support a strong regional customer base”, the
Three of the four Measat spacecraft in orbit at present provide
satellite coverage over Sri Lanka”, Kenyon said. The Measat network
provides satellite capacity to one of the strongest Direct to Home (DTH)
pay tv platforms across Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and India.
The network is also used by international broadcasters to distribute
television programming and by regional telecom operators to support GSM,
corporate VSAT and remote connectivity networks.
The Measat state-of-the art facility in Cyberjaya is also a customer
teleport providing a complete range of satellite solutions including
video playout and satellite-fibre solutions.
Measat has the right to 16 orbital slots around the world and it is
currently in discussions to develop new orbital slots to expand reach
and scale of the Measat network.