MEASAT Satellite Systems
Since 1996, MEASAT has been providing reliable satellite solutions to customers across the Asia-Pacific region. With capacity across five (5) satellites, the MEASAT fleet provides services to over 150 countries representing 80% of the world’s population across Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Australia. The MEASAT fleet includes the state-of-the-art MEASAT-3 and MEASAT-3a satellites at 91.5°E which support Asia’s premium Direct-To-Home (DTH) and video distribution neighbourhood, MEASAT-2 at 148.0°E and MEASAT-5 at 119.5°E. In Africa, the AFRICASAT-1a satellite at 46.0°E provides satellite capacity across the African continent with connectivity to Europe, the Middle East and South East Asia. The MEASAT fleet at 91.5°E will be further strengthened with the addition of MEASAT-3b in January 2014 and MEASAT-3c in H2 2015.
MEASAT supports DTH services in Malaysia, Brunei, India and Indonesia, providing DTH multichannel television services to over 18 million subscribers. MEASAT also leads HDTV channel distribution in Asia and is used by leading international broadcasters to distribute television programming to pay television platforms, and by telecommunications operators to support remote connectivity, cellular backhaul and corporate VSAT networks. Through MEASAT Broadband (International) Ltd., MEASAT also provides a wide range of Satellite IP solutions.
Leveraging infrastructure at the MEASAT Teleport and Broadcast Centre, a world-class teleport facility just outside of Kuala Lumpur, and working with a select group of world-class media partners, MEASAT provides a complete range of broadcast and telecommunications solutions. Services include 3D, high definition and standard definition video playout, video turnaround, co-location, uplinking, broadband and IP termination services..
In 1992, in response to the Vision 2020 plan laid out by YABhg. Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad for the development of Malaysia’s communications infrastructure for the new millennium, Binariang Sdn. Bhd. brought together a team of experienced and highly motivated experts to develop and launch Malaysia’s first communications satellite system. The project was named the Malaysia East Asia Satellite, or MEASAT for short.
This effort culminated in the launch in 1996 of the MEASAT-1 and MEASAT-2 communications satellites from the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. The two high-powered Boeing 376HP communications satellites provided regional C-Band coverage and pioneered the use of Ku-Band in the high rainfall South East Asia region. Operated from a purposed built satellite control facility located 915m above sea level in Gunung Raya, Langkawi, the MEASAT-1 and MEASAT-2 satellites started providing satellite service across South East Asia from 1996.
The launch of MEASAT-1 and MEASAT-2 led to a rapid increase in Malaysian infrastructure development in both the telecommunication and broadcasting industries, including the launch of the technologically advanced digital Direct-To-Home (DTH) Multi-Channel TV Service, Astro.
Originally part of the Maxis Group, the satellite division became independent in 1998. Undertaking a reverse takeover of Malaysian Tobacco Company ("MTC") in 2001, renaming the holding company MEASAT Global Berhad and the operating company MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn Bhd, the company came of age.
Since the launch of the first two satellites, MEASAT has been supporting the development of Malaysia's ICT infrastructure and expanding its regional presence. Today MEASAT operates from the world class MEASAT Teleport and Broadcast Centre in Cyberjaya, with a fleet of five satellites providing reach to over 150 countries, representing 80% of the world’s population and host to one of the region’s strongest DTH neighbourhoods.
MEASAT provides a range of premier satellite services which include:
- Transponder Leasing (Full-time and flexible)
- Occasional Use
- Broadcast Distribution (HD/SD)
- Direct-To-Home (DTH) Television
- High Definition (HD
- Satellite News Gathering
- Video Playout / Uplink (HD/SD)
- Broadband Internet
- Cellular Trunking
- IP Trunking – IP over Satellite Transit (iPOST)
- Maritime/Oil & Gas
- Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT)
Satellite Fleet Overview
|Satellite||Orbital Location||Primary Coverage||Launch Date||Status|
|MEASAT-3||91.5°E||Asia / Australia / Africa / S.E. Europe||2006||Operational|
|MEASAT-3a||91.5°E||Asia / Australia / Africa / S.E. Europe||2009||Operational|
|MEASAT-2||148.0°E||Asia-Pacific / Hawaii||1996||Inclined|
|AFRICASAT-1a||46.0°E||Africa / Europe / Malaysia||2012||Operational|
|Satellite||Orbital Location||Coverage Area||Launch Date||Status|
|MEASAT-3b||91.5°E||India / Indonesia / Malaysia||Jan or March 2014||Under construction|
|MEASAT-2a||148.0°E||Asia Pacific||est. 2014||Manufacturer selection|
|Satellite||Last Orbital Location||Last Coverage Area||Launch Date||Status|
- MEASAT Satellite Systems Official Website
- Boeing's Satellite Development Center
- MEASAT-3b launch date