KUALA LUMPUR: The MEASAT-3d satellite, which will be launched on Thursday June 23, will significantly improve the country’s Internet services and speeds, especially in rural areas.
MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn Bhd (MEASAT) COO Yau Chyong Lim said the launch will enable his company to contribute to building an inclusive digital society and support high-speed applications. such as the fourth industrial revolution (IR4.0), the Internet of Things (IoT) and telemedicine.
“Through MEASAT-3d and CONNECTme NOW services, we aim to bridge the broadband gap in places that do not have 4G, 5G or fiber mobile network coverage in Malaysia, to provide internet access to people marginalized,” he told Bernama.
Yau said MEASAT-3d will be launched from Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, and the Malaysian government will be represented by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia (K-KOMM), Datuk Seri Mohammad Mentek.
He also said that in the capital, a special event will be held for guests to watch the launch live and is expected to feature guests of honor including Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Minister of Communications and Multimedia. Tan Sri Annuar. Musa.
Yau said the launch of MEASAT-3d was made possible with support from K-KOMM, as well as the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission.
According to him, MEASAT fully supports the government’s aspirations to achieve the goal of 100% internet access by 2025 through the Malaysia Digital Economy Blueprint (MyDIGITAL) and also the National Digital Network (JENDELA) initiative. to connect and digitize the nation.
“In the long term, this promises to improve the quality of life for all Malaysians, including those living in the more remote parts of the country,” he said.
Yau also said that MEASAT-3d will provide continued growth and continuity of service for major global broadcasters, as well as Direct-to-Home (DTH) satellite TV to more than 20 million homes in Malaysia, Indonesia and in India.
He added that the satellite is owned by MEASAT, a local Malaysian-owned company, but the service capabilities of MEASAT-3d are extensive, covering Southeast Asia, Asia-Pacific, Africa and Southern Europe.
Yau said MEASAT-3d, which is MEASAT’s newest and most advanced satellite, will cost RM1.2 billion.
“MEASAT-3d will complement MEASAT-3a and MEASAT-3b at 91.5°E hotslot, which provides increased and excess capacity for Astro’s DTH services, as well as broadcast, telecommunications and broadband Internet services. The MEASAT-3d satellite has a lifespan of 18 years,” he said.
MEASAT-3d uses the Eurostar E3000 geostationary satellite model, built by Airbus Defense and Space. Airbus is a global pioneer in the aerospace industry, operating in the commercial aircraft, helicopter, defense and space sectors.
Yau said that by using the capacity of the broadband satellite on MEASAT-3d, MEASAT is able to increase the processing capacity of broadband to 30 gigabits per second (Gbps) by 10 times, thus enabling access to broadband. speed even in limited areas or without a terrestrial connection. .
“Broadband internet will increase from the current download speed of 30 megabits per second (Mbps) to 100 Mbps, allowing users to stream heavy content such as 4K or 8K video.
“MEASAT-3d will be able to bridge the digital divide in areas not covered by 4G or 5G or fiber technology in Malaysia,” he said.
He added that MEASAT-3d could be leveraged to deliver data, voice and video services to three to five percent of the population (about two million people) who still lack a fiber broadband connection. or wireless. — Bernama