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Spacecom Signs Transponder Service Agreement for AsiaSat 8

By Veronica Magan | December 2, 2016
      AsiaSat 8 undergoing testing at the SSL facility Photo: AsiaSat

      AsiaSat 8 undergoing testing at the SSL facility
      Photo: AsiaSat

      [Via Satellite 12-02-2016] After the loss of its Amos 6 satellite in a SpaceX Falcon 9 explosion, Spacecom has entered into a transponder service agreement with AsiaSat to use its in-orbit satellite AsiaSat 8, which will be relocated to an orbital slot as agreed with Spacecom. Exclusive rights to use all Ku-band transponders on AsiaSat 8 will be granted to Spacecom for a minimum of four years for the provision of commercial satellite communications services. AsiaSat will continue to be responsible for the satellite’s tracking, telemetry and control functions.

      The service term is expected to commence from the first quarter of 2017 subject to necessary regulatory approvals and satisfactory testing after the relocation. AsiaSat expects that Spacecom will become one of its top customers in terms of revenue contribution once the service term begins.

      “We are glad to strengthen our connection with AsiaSat. AsiaSat 8 satellite enables us to continue serving our customers at 4W orbital location following the end of life of Amos 2 and provide them with additional capacity and services,” said David Pollack, CEO and president of Spacecom.