Star One C2 satellite successfully launched by EmbratelThursday, April 24th, 2008
Launch is the bottom-line of Embratel’s R$ 1 billion investment in new space fleet
Star One, subsidiary of Embratel, launched successfully last April 18, from the Kourou space center in French Guyana, its Star One C2, the second satellite of the new generation called C Series. With this launch, the second in a six-month period, Embratel expands the satellite telecommunications capacity in Brazil, doubling its power in comparison with Brasilsat B1, to be replaced.
“Star One C2 has assumed the top position in the TV signal distribution market in Brazil, at the 700 W position. Today, this position serves most of the Broadcast traffic in Brazil”, points out Gustavo Silbert, president of Star One. Furthermore, Star One C extends its coverage area beyond Brazil, reaching all South America, México and Florida (US).
The launch of C2 is the bottom line of the R$ 1 billion investment in the construction, launch and operationalization of the so-called C Series, the new generation made up of Star One C1 and C2 satellites, plus the C 12 satellite, this one through a joint investment with SES Americom international carrier.
With the new satellites, Star One guarantees to the market the continuance of the applications now provided through B1 and B2 satellites, and makes it possible to offer new applications like the already provided high speed internet, jointly with last-mile voice services (user’s direct access to the carrier network).
Thanks to the enhanced coverage of the new satellite, telecommunications in Brazil are in line with the demands of new satellite HDTV transmission technology, enabling the dissemination of Digital TV throughout Brazil.
Star One C2 is fitted with 28 transponders (signal transmitters and receivers) in C Band, 16 in Ku Band and one in X Band. C Band ensures the offer of voice, TV, radio and data signals, including the Internet. Ku Band offers video transmission services directly to users, in addition to Internet and telephone services in remote areas. X Band is exclusive for military use.