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AsiaSatLink, February 2010

Headlines
Happy Chinese Year of the Tiger!
AsiaSat 5 Wins New DTH Customer
AsiaSat 2 Serves the African Region at 17ºE under a New Name – AMOS-5i
   
Video
More Channels from Pakistan on AsiaSat 3S
AsiaSat Telecasts International Sports Events
New Italian Channel on AsiaSat 5
Xinhua Renews Long-Term Lease
   
Corporate
AsiaSat @ Industry Events
AsiaSat DTH JV Receives TV Licence
   
Technical Tips
Q : How did you send AsiaSat 2 to its new orbital location of 17ºE?
 
 
Happy Chinese Year of the Tiger!

 

The Tiger is described in many Asian cultures as a symbol of power and courage, on behalf of AsiaSat, I wish all AsiaSatLink readers a very energetic and prosperous year of the Tiger!

Whilst I look forward to a more rewarding 2010, I take this opportunity to recount some of our achievements over the past year that help to set the stage for our continuing success this year. Following the successful launch of AsiaSat 5 in August 2009, all AsiaSat 2 customers migrated to this new satellite where they now enjoy enhanced power and coverage at the orbital location of 100.5°E. AsiaSat 5 increases our capacity on-orbit and at the same time enables the expansion of services into new markets as well as offering more comprehensive backup services across the AsiaSat fleet.

Together with our partner Spacecom, we have redeployed AsiaSat 2 to a new orbital location where the satellite continues to serve other parts of the world and at the same time generate revenue for the company over the coming years.

In 2009, we commenced the construction of AsiaSat 5C, as a backup for AsiaSat 5. With AsiaSat 5 in service, this backup satellite has been renamed AsiaSat 7 and reconfigured to address opportunities in other areas.

Despite a challenging economic environment, we are pleased to record robust performance for our core business as a result of strong demand from new and existing clients. We have also significantly expanded our ground infrastructure at the Tai Po Earth Station in Hong Kong to support expanding customer services and business growth, housing the network operation centre of our wholly-owned subsidiary SpeedCast and Dish HD, our DTH joint venture business with Echostar.

With all these exciting achievements and the various industry accreditations we received in 2009, we are committed to offering even a higher quality service to our customers in the future. At the start of this new decade and the Chinese year of the Tiger, I would like to thank our clients and partners for your continued support and look forward to forging stronger and closer relationships with you that in the year ahead will open the door to even more rewarding opportunities.

Peter Jackson
Chief Executive Office
AsiaSat

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AsiaSat 5 Wins New DTH Customer

On 30 December 2009, AsiaSat successfully concluded a multiple transponder deal with Vietnam Multimedia Corporation (VTC), Vietnam’s leading national broadcaster and operator in digital broadcasting. VTC will use AsiaSat 5's high powered Ku-band transponders to set up a new premium Direct-to-Home (DTH) platform in Vietnam, supporting up to 30 High Definition (HD) and 70 Standard Definition (SD) television channels, and offering a wide variety of premium content ranging from sports, entertainment to technology and lifestyle to viewers across the country.

VTC is under the operation of the Ministry of Information and Communications of Vietnam, and is a large state-owned multimedia corporation in Vietnam. VTC’s business activities in the television broadcasting field include TV programme production and the provision of other television-related services as well as buying, selling and exchanging programmes with domestic and international partners.

 
 

Dr. Thai Minh Tan, General Director of VTC (right) and
Peter Jackson, CEO of AsiaSat
at the AsiaSat 5 contract signing ceremony in Hong Kong

 
 
 
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AsiaSat 2 Serves the African Region at 17ºE under a New Name – AMOS-5i

Through a collaboration effort between AsiaSat and its partner Spacecom, the operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, AsiaSat 2 was relocated to 17ºE after its 13 years of successful service life in Asia. Following the completion of in-orbit testing to verify the satellite’s performance and integrity, AsiaSat 2, renamed AMOS-5i, commenced operation in January 2010 to provide quality and reliable service to the African continent at its new home.

AsiaSat 2 was the second satellite of AsiaSat launched in November 1995 to provide digital broadcasting and advanced satellite communications services throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Over the years at its former orbital location of 100.5ºE, the satellite served many regional and international broadcasters, wholesale news agencies, video service providers, teleport service providers for video and news distribution and contribution services, as well as governments and corporations for VSAT network services.

 

 

AsiaSat and Spacecom team members at SatLink facility
in Israel during the in-orbit testing of AsiaSat 2

 
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More Channels from Pakistan on AsiaSat 3S

Kawish TV Network (KTN) of Pakistan joined the expanding AsiaSat clientele portfolio in Pakistan and commenced broadcasting on AsiaSat 3S in January. Three channels are currently available free to air on the KTN platform: the Urdu language KTN News, the Sindhi language general entertainment channels Kashish TV and KTN.

With the addition of these new services, AsiaSat 3S now delivers over 25 premium television services in the Urdu and Sindhi languages and has built Asia’s strongest programming bouquet serving the cable market in Pakistan and the growing South Asian expatriate community across the region.

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AsiaSat Telecasts International Sports Events

With a unique C-band coverage across more than 50 countries/ regions in the Asia Pacific and superior access to Asian cable operators and Direct-to-Home service providers, AsiaSat satellites are widely used by broadcasters and video service providers for distributing major international and regional sports events in Asia and Australasia.

In December of 2009, AsiaSat 3S was used by the 2009 East Asian Games (Hong Kong) as the exclusive satellite carrier for distributing live television feeds of the Games. Through its extensive footprint and reliable instant access transmissions, AsiaSat delivered the Games to broadcast rights holders and millions of sports fans across the Asia Pacific. The 2009 East Asian Games were the first ever multi-sports Games held in Hong Kong, and the largest ever in EAG history, with over 2,300 elite athletes from nine countries and regions competing for 262 gold medals in 22 sports.

In February of 2010, the 2010 Winter Olympic Games held in Vancouver were distributed to Asia and Australasia via AsiaSat 5.

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New Italian Channel on AsiaSat 5

NewCo Rai International launched a new Italian language channel ‘Yes Italia’ early this year, offering 24-hour free to air programming on Italy’s artistic, cultural and environmental heritage for Asian audiences across AsiaSat 5’s C-band footprint.

The channel, broadcast in Italian with English and Spanish subtitles, serves to promote Italy's unique history, tradition and the Italian way of life to an international audience and travellers. Rai is also broadcasting Raitalia Asia, a public service television channel for Italians abroad; and an Italian radio service ‘Raitalia Radio’ on AsiaSat 5. NewCo Rai International is a subsidiary of the state owned Italian public broadcaster Rai, and a newly formed Rai company dedicated to the development of Rai’s new international television and radio offerings.

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Xinhua Renews Long-Term Lease

Xinhua News Agency signed a long-term lease for Ku-band capacity on AsiaSat 5 to continue to operate a satellite-based transmission network for distributing video news materials and data in China.

Xinhua has been a user on AsiaSat since 1995. It is the official press agency of the People’s Republic of China, and has 33 branch offices across the country and over 120 bureaus worldwide.

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AsiaSat @ Industry Events

At the 32nd PTC annual conference held on 17 - 20 January in Honolulu, Peter Jackson, Chief Executive Officer of AsiaSat was invited to take part in two panel sessions.

As the moderator of the panel discussion on ‘Satellite Infrastructure for Continuous Connectivity’, Mr. Jackson hosted the session that generated active discussion among panellists on the role of satellite in providing continuous connectivity across disperse regions such as the Asia Pacific. During the ‘View from Above the Cloud: The Satellite Industry Leaders Speak’ panel session, Mr. Jackson shared his insights on the trends, challenges and new opportunities facing the satellite operators in the coming year and expressed the view that the increasing demand for HD content would be a driver for industry growth.

AsiaSat is committed to interaction and participation within the satellite industry. You can meet with AsiaSat executives at the following events:
• CABSAT MENA, 2 - 4 March, Dubai
• Satellite 2010, 15 - 18 March, National Harbour, MD
• Frames, 16 - 18 March, Mumbai
• CASBAA India Satellite Industry Forum, 22 March, New Delhi
• Next Generation Telecommunication Wholesale Asia, 17 - 21 May, Singapore
• CASBAA Singapore Satellite Industry Forum, 14 June, Singapore
• BroadcastAsia 2010, 15 -18 June, Singapore

 

 

Peter Jackson of AsiaSat (left) at the two PTC panel sessions
Photo courtesy of SatNews Publishers

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AsiaSat DTH JV Receives TV Licence

On 28 November 2009, the Broadcasting Authority of the Hong Kong SAR Government awarded a Non-domestic Television Programme Service Licence to Power Star Limited (PSL), a joint venture company of AsiaSat and Echostar Corporation formed in Hong Kong for the provision of Direct-to-Home (DTH) services in Asia.

This new DTH service, branded Dish HD, will provide a wide variety of all-digital HD (High Definition) channels, distributed directly to consumer homes via the very powerful Ku-band Broadcast Satellite Service (BSS) payload on AsiaSat 4.

Soft launch of the Dish HD has commenced in Taiwan, with service rolling out in other targeted regions in the coming months. Using state-of-the-art digital satellite technology, Dish HD is expected to bring to viewers the ultimate viewing experience in satellite television.

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Technical Tips

Q : How did you send AsiaSat 2 to its new orbital location of 17ºE?

A : After more than 13 years of service at 100.5°E, AsiaSat 2 started its journey heading towards 17°E last October. To optimise speed and fuel, a four-burn strategy was used to send AsiaSat 2 drifting westward at about 1 degree per day. The journey took 86 days. During the course of drifting, AsiaSat 2 passed by more than 60 satellites. All the affected satellite operators were informed when AsiaSat 2 approached their satellites within +/- 1°. NS manoeuvres were performed during the journey without causing interference to other satellites, so that AsiaSat 2 would arrive at its destination with very little inclination.

As AsiaSat 2 passed out of sight of Hong Kong, another antenna in the Middle East region relayed AsiaSat 2’s signal back to AsiaSat’s Satellite Control Centre.

When AsiaSat 2 drifted to about one degree away from its final destination, a sequence of manoeuvres was initiated to position it at 17°E. With all subsystems functioning nominally after the long journey, AsiaSat 2, under a new name of AMOS-5i, is now in service at its new orbital location.

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