THE Boeing Company, whose subsidiary Boeing Satellite Systems entered into a deal to sell a third satellite to Binariang Satellite Systems Sdn Bhd, will provide an upgrade to the MEASAT ground facilities on Pulau Langkawi, as well as training and launch support services.
In a statement issued following Binariang's announcement on Friday that it had entered into contracts to buy the high-power commercial communications satellite, the US firm said the new Boeing 601HP satellite had been designated MEASAT-3.
It would join the existing Boeing-built MEASAT-1 and MEASAT-2 spacecraft in the Malaysia-East Asia Satellite (MEASAT) system.
Boeing said MEASAT-3 would be co-located with MEASAT-1 at 91.5 degrees east longitude and will provide expansion and back-up capacity for Binariang to meet the increasing market demand for satellite services within the region.
Based on the success and reliability of the initial two Boeing satellites, we are delighted to once again appoint Boeing as the manufacturer of MEASAT-3, Tun Hanif Omar, director of Binariang Satellite Systems, was quoted as saying in the statement.
The MEASAT fleet enjoys one of the highest utilisation rates within the region.
The launch of MEASAT-3 ensures Binariang can continue to serve the growth requirements of our existing customers while providing additional capacity for fully integrated video, data and VSAT services in Asia and new markets in South and Central Asia, Middle East and Africa, he said.
Boeing is very pleased to continue its long-standing relationship with Binariang, to whom we have provided Boeing 376 satellites and ground systems since 1994, said Dave Ryan, president of Boeing Satellite Systems International, a subsidiary of Boeing Satellite Systems. Bernama