New satellite will serve 4G and 5G growth in Malaysia

New satellite will serve 4G and 5G growth in Malaysia

Malaysian satellite operator MEASAT and satellite services provider Arianespace have announced the signing of a launch services contract for MEASAT-3d that could boost 4G and 5G growth in Malaysia.

MEASAT-3d, a new multi-mission telecommunications satellite, will be launched into geostationary transfer orbit by an Ariane 5 heavy-lift launch vehicle from the Guiana Space Centre, Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, in 2021.

MEASAT operates five satellites, providing coverage over Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Australia.

MEASAT-3d will serve the growth requirements of 4G and 5G mobile networks in Malaysia while continuing to provide redundancy and additional distribution capacity for video in HD, 4K, and ultimately 8K in the Asia-Pacific region. The satellite will weigh approximately 5,734 kg. at launch, and offers an operational life of 19 years.

When positioned at 91.5 degrees East, MEASAT-3d will be co-located with MEASAT-3a and MEASAT-3b satellites to replace and enhance capacity in Malaysia, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

The new MEASAT-3d satellite will carry multiple payload types: C- and Ku-band payloads for direct-to-home television broadcasting and other telecom services, as well as a high-throughput Ka-band payload for internet connectivity. MEASAT-3d also will carry an L-band navigation payload for Korean satellite operator Kt sat as part of the Korea Augmentation Satellite System.

Airbus Defence and Space built MEASAT-3d using the Eurostar E3000 satellite platform.

 

 

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