Thaicom Secures Orbital Slot for Interim Satellite
Thaicom has informed Thailand’s Information and Communications Technology Ministry (ICT) that it had made plans for an interim satellite to be positioned at the 50.5 degrees East orbital slot to maintain the location rights that had been due to expire in November, ICT Minister Anudith Nakornthap announced.
Nakornthap said Thaicom briefed ICT on its intention to seek a license from the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) to operate the interim satellite. Thaicom was assigned by the ICT Ministry in the previous government to help preserve the country’s legal right to use two slots at 120 degrees East and 50.5 degrees East.
Thaicom and Asian operator AsiaSat already positioned an interim satellite to retain the 120 degrees slot.