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MEASAT to retire MEASAT-3


MEASAT Global Berhad will retire its MEASAT-3 satellite after an anomaly on 21 June 2021. The incident resulted in a complete outage of service and is still under investigation in partnership with our satellite provider Boeing Satellite Systems (BSS). Despite maintaining continuous telemetry and command control of MEASAT-3, further testing and recovery efforts found that the satellite could not re-enter service. The satellite will be de-orbited in the following weeks.


MEASAT-3, a Boeing 601 satellite, had provided satellite communication services for almost 15 years since its launch in December 2006. The spacecraft, manufactured by BSS, equipped with C-band and Ku-band transponders that cover over 100 countries across Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa.


MEASAT is currently finalising the launch date of MEASAT-3d for early 2022, which is expected to restore its unrivalled in-orbit satellite redundancy at the company’s key orbital hotslot 91.5°E, providing direct-to-home (DTH), broadcasting and telecommunications services for the region, besides significantly enhancing broadband speed of up to 100Mbps in areas with limited or without any terrestrial connectivity throughout Malaysia. Announcements on the MEASAT-3d launch will be released in due course.

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