LatAm's biggest satellite company readies new launch

Friday, September 1, 2017

Embratel Star One, a Brazilian satellite company fully owned by Mexican telecom group América Móvil, has started building a new satellite and plans to launch it by the end of 2019.

The international suppliers hired to build the satellite should be announced in the coming weeks, Embratel Star One said in a statement. The company has the largest fleet in Latin America, with 11 satellites.

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Star One D2 will operate in three bands: the Ka band for cell phone backhaul, and the C and Ku bands to meet data, video and internet demands from corporate clients and government, as well as to boost existing cellular backhaul networks.

D2 is the second satellite in the fourth-generation fleet, branded the D-family. It should complement D1's capacity, covering Brazil's northeast, north and midwest regions, Embratel said.

With the Ku Band, the satellite is expected to serve government agencies and large companies operating in South and Central America, including Mexico. It will also enable satellite pay-TV broadcasts. Meanwhile, the C band will ensure free-to-air TV signal offerings.

The Star One D2 will have estimated power of 19,280 KW and will have a lifespan of over 15 years.

The new satellite will be controlled from a modern satellite operations center in Rio de Janeiro state.