Jailani: MEASAT-3b is only meant for telecommunication

12 Sep 2014 / 17:43 H.

    KOUROU: The MEASAT-3b satellite should not be seen as a solution to dilemmas such as the missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) MH370.
    Communications and Multimedia deputy minister Datuk Jailani Johari said the satellite costing RM1.12 billion owned by Measat Satellite System Sdn Bhd only functioned to enhance telecommunication.
    "It does not provide imagery in the event of an accident involving air transport.
    "As we can see, Measat has already launched six satellites including MEASAT-3b; each was launched into orbit for different purposes.
    For example, MEASAT-5 was more for bridging the digital gap for the rural community through broadband.
    "MEASAT-3b is more on telecommunication and broadcasting, not on helping to locate objects or record imagery such as of the missing MH370," he told a media conference after the launch of MEASAT-3b at the European spaceport here on Thursday.
    He made the statement to ensure that there would be no confusion among the public on the satellite's functions.
    Meanwhile, Jailani said the high capacity satellite would hopefully bolster pay-TV transmission, as the MEASAT-3b, MEASAT-3 and MEASAT-3a collocation was capable of supporting the direct to home (DTH) televison platform.
    "Disruptions during rain is a major problem with the pay-TV service and I understand that this satellite can contribute to overcoming this problem," he said.
    With a lifespan of 15 years, MESAT-3b, designed to accommodate 48 Ku-band transponders, would be used to support data and video services in Malaysia, India, Indonesia and Australia.
    Through its six communication satellites, Measat would be able to provide services to about two billion people in these countries.
    The launch of MEASAT-3b which weighed 5,897 kg, and took only 48 minutes to reach the orbit, was beamed live and witnessed by 400 secondary school students at the national Science Centre in Bukit Kiara, Kuala Lumpur. – Bernama


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