AsiaSat 7 was launched by ILS Proton Breeze M vehicle from Baikonur, Kazakhstan on 26 November 2011. It is designed as a replacement satellite for AsiaSat 3S at the orbital location of 105.5 degrees East. AsiaSat 7 is a Space Systems Loral 1300 series satellite, with a design life of 15+ years. It carries 28 C-band and 17 Ku-band transponders, and a Ka-band payload. With its region-wide C-band footprint covering Asia, the Middle East, Australasia and Central Asia, and high-power Ku beams serving East Asia and South Asia, and a steerable Ku beam optimised over Australia, AsiaSat 7 supports a broad range of applications including TV broadcast and VSAT networks across the region.