Asian broadband satellite set for Aug. 11 launch

A Thai owned broadband satellite that will cover Asia is due to be launched on August 11.

A Thai-owned satellite that is set to provide broadband Internet services across a wide area of Asia is set for launch on August 11, launch provider Arianespace said Monday.

The IPStar satellite, also called Thaicom-4, is scheduled to be carried into orbit aboard an Ariane 5 rocket from the Paris-based company's launch site in French Guiana. The launch was originally scheduled to take place during the night of July 7 to July 8. However, a technical problem with a previous launch forced the schedule to be changed. It was further delayed due to a problem with ground equipment at the launch site.

Once in orbit, IPStar will provide broadband Internet and other telecommunications services to many countries in Asia. The satellite's footprint stretches from China in the north to Australia in the south and from India in the west to New Zealand in the east.

The satellite operator has already announced deals with companies in several countries including India, Australia, Vietnam, New Zealand, Laos and China. Dedicated satellite terminals are capable of providing connectivity at speeds of up to 4Mbps from the satellite and 2Mbps to the satellite.

IPStar weighs 6.5 tonnes and is the largest commercial telecommunications satellite ever placed into orbit, according to Arianespace.

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