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AsiaSat 9 has arrived at 122°E on 9 October 2017

(9 October 2017 - AsiaSat) – Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), Asia’s leading satellite operator announced successful arrival of AsiaSat 9 at 122 degrees East on 9 October 2017, where it has commenced transmission and will maintain its operational position as replacement for AsiaSat 4.

AsiaSat 9 is AsiaSat’s most powerful satellite, which generates a total spacecraft power of 20,700 watts. This new generation satellite, based on the SSL 1300 platform, is designed to provide multiple C, Ku and Ka-Band payloads for direct-to-home (DTH) television broadcast, video distribution, VSAT broadband networks and mobility services.

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AsiaSat 9, AsiaSat’s most powerful satellite, successfully arrived at 122°E on 9 October 2017 to serve the Asia-Pacific region (courtesy: SSL)

“I am delighted to report the AsiaSat 9 launch mission has progressed according to plan, and that the efforts of our mission team have come to result in the successful positioning of our largest satellite ever, serving the Asia-Pacific for the next 15 years or more at the key orbital slot of 122 degrees East,” said Andrew Jordan, President and Chief Executive Officer of AsiaSat.

With cutting-edge features such as 110 watts C-band TWTA, special filter design, star tracker and hall-effect thrusters AsiaSat 9 is able to deliver an enhanced performance, higher efficiency and operational stability across a wider coverage of high growth markets in Asia. AsiaSat 9 has new Ku band beams including the world’s first Ku-band Myanmar beam, dedicated Indonesia and Mongolia beams in addition to two enhanced Ku-band beams serving Australasia and East Asia, and an AsiaPacific-wide C-band footprint.

About AsiaSat

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world's population with its six operational satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat 7 and AsiaSat 8; and a new satellite, AsiaSat 9 successfully launched on 29 September 2017 to replace AsiaSat 4. The AsiaSat satellite fleet serves both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. Over 600 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company's satellites offering access to more than 830 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited.