Radio and Television Malaysia (RTM), the government-owned TV network, will switch to Measat-1 (Malaysia East Asia Satellite) when it commences commercial operation in March.
It is now using Indonesia’s Palapa satellite at a cost of $1.2 million a year.
Binariang Satellite Systems, which owns and operates Measat-1, will lease two 36-megahertz (MH2) C-band transponders full time and one transponder for occasional use.
A memorandum of understanding has been signed between the Information Ministry’s secretary general Datuk Zawawi Mahmuddin and Binariang’s chairman Tan Sri Hanif Omar. Binariang is the parent company of Binariang Satellite Systems.
Measat-1 will be launched in the second week of December by Arianespace from Kourou, French Guiana. It was built by Hughes Communications Inc. of the U.S. with a life span of 12 years.
It will cover most of East Asia including Northern Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Hong Kong, Kampuchea, Laos, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Vietnam and parts of southern China.
These countries will receive high effective Isotropic Radiation Power coverage that will serve the specific needs of both businesses and governments alike.