Vinasat-2 launch set for next Wednesday

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Vinasat-2 launch set for next Wednesday

HANOI – The telecom satellite Vinasat-2 invested by the Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) will be sent into orbit at 5 a.m. next Wednesday, four years after the launch of Vinasat-1.

Vinasat-2 launch set for next Wednesday

By Van Oanh - The Saigon Times Daily

HANOI – The telecom satellite Vinasat-2 invested by the Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) will be sent into orbit at 5 a.m. next Wednesday, four years after the launch of Vinasat-1.

A press conference on this event is held on Wednesday in Hanoi. The Vinasat-2 project worth US$280 million was approved by the Prime Minister in late 2009.

Similar to Vinasat-1, Vinasat-2 is produced by the U.S. aerospace firm Lockheed Martin and will be launched on an Arian 5 rocket at France’s Kuru space launch site. The two satellites provide coverage over Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Singapore and a part of Malaysia.

However, Vinasat-2 is designed with 24 Ku-band transponders, while Vinasat-1 is equipped with both Ku-band and C-band transponders. Vinasat-2 uses A2100A frame technology, which is currently the most advanced satellite technology.

The new satellite will be launched into the orbital slot at 131.8 degrees east. The satellite has a life span of 15 years.

Vinasat-2, together with Vinasat-1, will form a system of satellites capable of enhancing safety and stability when providing satellite services to customers. In addition, the two telecom satellites will help strengthen the national network security and offer general benefits to the community.

Although it is not until next Wednesday that Vinasat-2 will come into the orbit, a marketing campaign to seek clients was already kicked off over a haft year ago.

Nguyen Quang Thao, sales and marketing manager of Vietnam Telecom International Co. (VTI), a subsidiary of VNPT, said his company started to negotiate with customers over contracts to lease capacity of Vinasat-2 a half year ago.

VTI has reaped remarkable success after a three-year operation of Vinasat-1. The first satellite now has 150 standard and high-definition TV channels, attracting both local and foreign clients.

At present, the C-band of the satellite is operating at 75% of its capacity and the Ku-band is running at 95% capacity. It is forecast that the satellite will be fully utilized this year.

VTI found a great potentiality in the satellite capacity rental market of Vietnam, notably the demand of cable TV service operators. VTC, K+ and AVG are now clients of Vinasat-1.

Furthermore, local mobile service providers also need to expand internet connections to remote areas. All of these require the launch of Vinasat-2.

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