Global satellite operators in Bangalore

By agencies   |   Tuesday, 20 September 2005, 07:00 Hrs
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BANGALORE: About 40 experts from global satellite operators are in Bangalore in an attempt to reduce interference to satellite transponder capacity.

The meeting hosted by Indian Space Research Organization has experts from Intelsat, PanAmSat, NSS, SES Global, EUTELSAT, INMARSAT, AsiaSat, ArabSat, SatMax of Mexico, NahuelSat of Argentina, Star One of Brazil, CSS of Japan, Thuraya, Singapore Telecom and INSAT who will discuss about interference that is estimated to cause them loss of revenue in tens of millions of dollars per annum

Chairman of SUIRG James R. Budden quoting a four-year-old study said the high loss of revenue to satellite operators was due to interference problems. "This study did not look at the cost to end users, which is likely to be much higher," he said.

He also said satellite interference problems have been on the increase in the last decade.

Indian Space Research Organization Chairman G Madhavan Nair said, "Space is becoming very crowded. There are a number of operators. If we want to provide efficient service, interference has to be avoided".

He also said that the delay in the launch of INSAT 4A, the fourth generation communication satellite would not result in any loss to the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). The satellite has been waiting to be transported to Kourou, French Guyana for launch. However its been delayed as Ariane Space is busy launching other satellites.

INSAT 4A carries 24 transponders, 12 each on Ku and C Bands and is expected to be launched in December.

ISRO has also begun working on INSAT 4C. The satellite with 12 KU band transponders will be launched from India by the GSLV rocket. Nair also said that before 2010, ISRO would be launching about a dozen more communication satellites to reach the current five-year plan target of 256 transponders.

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