SES ASTRA has announced that it has moved its ASTRA 1G satellite from 19.2 degrees East to 23.5 degrees East, where it joined ASTRA 3A and ASTRA 1E to serve Central Europe, the Benelux countries and German cable networks, as well as offering the broadband service ASTRA2Connect.
The move follows the deployment of SES ASTRA's new satellite ASTRA 1M which replaces ASTRA 1G at 19.2 degrees East. ASTRA 1G adds 19 transponders to 23.5 degrees East increasing the number of available transponders on this orbital position to 56.
By the end of the year, the orbital position at 23.5 degrees East will be further strengthened by the launch of ASTRA 3B.
Ferdinand Kayser, President and CEO of SES ASTRA, said: "The continuous gain in reach on 23.5 degrees East demonstrates how SES ASTRA has successfully entered into new markets. With the move of ASTRA 1G and the launch of ASTRA 3B later this year we further strengthen this orbital position to serve the growing demand for high quality digital and High Definition broadcasting from the very dynamic Central and Eastern European and Benelux markets and offer additional capacity to the satellite broadband markets."
Image: ASTRA 1M satellite
DTG Staff | 19.02.2009