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Arianespace is set to launch the latest communications satellite from PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) in February, according to the state-owned telco’s chief technology officer.

Built on the SmallGEO platform and with RedSAT payload, supporting 4K video broadcast, the Hispasat 36W-1 satellite has been scheduled for launch on 27 January.

Leading satellite operator Eutelsat has confirmed that its second all-electric craft, 117 West B, has entered into full commercial service and is now ready to support customers across Latin America.

Almost four months since it halted operations after a launch-pad explosion, satellite operator SpaceX is back in business with the successful launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in the US.

Venezuela is set to build a satellite factory for small and medium-sized equipment.
The Brazilian pay-TV market closed November 2016 with 18.87 million households, over a million fewer than two years ago, when the market was at its peak.

Arianespace has been contracted to launch the JCSAT 17 and Intelsat 39 satellites to provide commercial television services over Japan, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Europe and Africa.

Qatar satellite company Es’hailSat has announced that its Al Rafidain TV channel is now available on Es’hail-1 satellite located at the 25.5 degrees East hotspot covering the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.