Ariane 5’s third launch of 2010
In the evening on 4th August 2010, an Ariane 5 launcher lifted off from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana on its mission to place two telecommunications satellites, Nilesat-201 and Rascom-QAF1R, into geostationary transfer orbits. Liftoff of flight V196, the 52nd Ariane 5 mission, took place at 22:59 CEST (20:59 GMT; 17:59 French Guiana). The target injection orbit had a perigee altitude of 250 km, an apogee altitude at injection of 35 919 km and an inclination of 2º. The satellites were accurately injected into their transfer orbits about 28 minutes and 32 minutes after liftoff, respectively.
Nilesat-201 will be positioned in geostationary orbit at an altitude of about 35 800 km over the equator at 7°W and will provide broadband direct-to-home television broadcast services to North Africa and the Middle East in the Ku- and Ka-bands.
Malaysian billionaire to take satellite operator private
Malaysian billionaire Ananda Krishnan has announced plans to buy out satellite operator Measat Global Bhd. for 207 million dollars to secure full control of the company. The satellite operator said that unlisted Measat Global Network Systems Sdn. Bhd., which is controlled by Krishnan, plans to buy out 40.4 percent of the shares it does not own at 4.20 ringgit a share, or 662.6 million ringgit. Measat Global Network currently holds a 59.6 percent stake in Measat Global Bhd. The offer is 10 percent above Measat Global Bhd.'s last traded price of 3.80 ringgit a share. The satellite operator's shares rose to a six-year high to hit 4.07 ringgit when trading resumed after it was halted ahead of the announcement.
Satellites launched to serve Africa and Mideast
An Ariane rocket launched two satellites into orbit to provide telecommunications for Africa and the Middle East, European space officials said. The Ariane-5 rocket blasted off from the European Space Agency's launch centre in Kourou, French Guiana on the northeast coast of South America. The NILESAT 201 satellite was designed to help Egyptian operator Nilesat provide telecommunications throughout the Middle East and north Africa. It was built by Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture company owned by France's Thales SA and Italy's Finmeccanica. The RASCOM-QAF1R satellite for pan-African operator RascomStar-QAF will provide telecommunications in rural Africa and urban African centres. It was also manufactured by Thales Alenia Space.
Russia to launch three Glonass Satellites
A Proton-M carrier rocket bearing three Glonass-M navigation satellites will be launched from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan on September 2, Russia's space agency said. "Preparation work on one of the three Glonass-M satellites is presently being completed at the Baikonur space center," Roskosmos said in a statement. The two other satellites will be ready for launch by the end of August. Glonass - the Global Navigation Satellite System - is the Russian equivalent of the US Global Positioning System, or GPS, and is designed for both military and civilian use. Both systems allow users to determine their positions to within a few meters. Russia currently has a total of 22 Glonass satellites in orbit, but only 16 of them are operational. The system requires 18 operational satellites for continuous navigation services covering the entire territory of Russia and at least 24 satellites to provide navigation services worldwide.
Delhi University launches IPTV channel
The Delhi University will soon launch its own IPTV channel - Delhi University Television Network (DUTN). "There's a need for free flow of information in the University. With so many colleges and departments in DU, it is impossible for students to know everything that's going on at each place. This will help us overcome this problem," says Bakhshi. "It'll be like what you see in US universities, which is known as Students Television Network, where all universities are connected. We plan to take students of different colleges to be a part of the team running the channel."
Nilesat expands TV channels c services to Egypt
Egypt’s Nilesat, the leading satellite operator in the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf, has launched the Nilesat 201. The new satellite will transmit 300 additional television channels and bring HDTV and 3D television to the region, as well as carrying IPTV and broadband services. The Nilesat 201 will allow hundreds of new media channels to be delivered to 40 million households in the region, adding to the existing 560 TV and 100 radio channels already available. Wide coverage is ensured as a result of uplink stations in Cairo, Dubai, Amman, Doha, Riyadh, and Beirut.
Saudi Telecom launches interactive TV
Saudi Arabia's telecoms firm, STC has launched the advanced interactive TV service for its AFAQ DSL Shamil customers. The new service, InVision, allows customers to watch live TV channels, pause a programme and replay it later, replay clips, and record and retrieve programmes to watch them anytime for a complete week. It also provides VOD and a control panel which allows viewers to select the packages that meet their interests. It marks the first time that interactive TV has been available in the Kingdom.
IPTV leads Spain’s pay-TV growth
Spain’s pay-TV is slowly increasing, with IPTV leading the growth in terms of subscribers. The latest report from the Telecommunications Market Commission (CMT) reveals that in the first quarter of 2010 pay-TV reached 4.46 million subscribers against 4.2 million the same period the previous year. IPTV registered the highest growth adding over 100,000 subscribers, from 711,000 to 823,000. Mobile TV was second in capturing pay TV subscribers going from 277,393 to 362,000. Cable TV grew by 22,000 subscribers, from 1,269,000 to 1,291,000 with satellite TV losing around 200,000 clients, from 2,001,295 to 1,798,845. By companies, Telefonica captured 30,000 new clients to 732,000 and pay DTT service Gol TV, 43,000 new clients up to 190,499, in comparison with the last quarter of 2009. Sogecable and ONO did it not very well as they lost 47,000 and 5,000 subscribers, respectively.
Hong Kong households receiving digital TV services
About 53.3% of the households in Hong Kong are receiving digital terrestrial television (DTT) services, according to the latest public survey conducted in June 2010. This represents approximately 1.23 million households and an increase of more than 300,000 as compared to a year ago. “The implementation of DTT broadcasting has been smooth since its official launch at the end of 2007. We are pleased to see the take-up rate growing steadily, which shows that DTT services continue to be well received by the viewing public,” a spokesman for the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau said.
The spokesman noted that DTT coverage would be further extended to at least 89% of the population from the existing 85% by the end of this year when the two free-to-air broadcasters completed the construction of eight more fill-in transmitting stations.
The eight new stations would extend the DTT signals to cover areas in Yuen Long, Shek O, Luk Keng, Ping Che, Stanley, Cheung Chau, Tai Lam Chung, Tai Po Tsai, Tai O, etc.
Eutelsat’s record year
Satellite operator Eutelsat’ s financial results for the year ended June 30, 2010, reveal a net income of E282.51 million, up from E259.98 million last year. Full year revenues increased to E1.05 billion from E940.54 million last year. Michel de Rosen, CEO of Eutelsat Communications, said: "Our record growth of more than 11% achieved for both revenues and EBITDA benefited from the rapid take-up of the in orbit expansion programme which we began three years ago. Our strategy puts us at the heart of the most dynamic markets of the digital economy: television and broadband in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.”
Inmarsat: Next Generation Ka-Band Satellite Network
Inmarsat PLC (ISAT.LN), a provider of global mobile satellite communications services, said Friday it has agreed a contract with The Boeing Company (BA) for the delivery of three 70H2P Ka-band satellites. With operations expected to start in 2014, Inmarsat-5 will support a next generation global service, Global Xpress, which will target a $1.4 billion incremental market opportunity in VSAT services. The Inmarsat-5 constellation will enable Inmarsat to provide a unique global high speed mobile broadband service offering. Inmarsat will target $500 million of annual Ka-band revenues five years after global service launch. Under a separate arrangement, Boeing has agreed to become a distribution partner for both Inmarsat's Ka- and L-band services and has pre-committed to capacity purchases representing more than 10% of Inmarsat's target Ka-band revenues in the first five years after global service launch. Inmarsat estimates that the total cost of Inmarsat-5 and Global Xpress will be $1.2 billion over 4.5 years, incorporating the fixed cost of the satellites, as well as the cost of additional ground network infrastructure, product development, launch services and insurance.