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Arianespace has announced it plans to launch the Koreasat-7 broadcasting and telecommunications satellite for KT SAT on 21 March Universal Time.

Arianespace Koreasat 7 SGDCThe third satellite to be launched by Arianespace for KT Corp subsidiary KT SAT, Koreasat-7 will provide video and data applications, including Internet access, direct-to-home (DTH) broadcasting, Government communications and connectivity for very small aperture terminal (VSAT) networks.

Koreasat-7 will provide higher throughput and extended coverage over Korea, the Philippines, the Indochinese Peninsula, India and Indonesia from its orbital location of 116° East.

The Ariane mission from French Guiana, designated Flight VA236, will also include the launch of SGDC for Visiona Tecnologia Espacial on behalf of the Brazilian operator Telebras. Both satellites were built in France by Thales Alenia Space using Spacebus platforms.

The news comes shortly after KT Sat announced it would lease four transponders on another of its satellites, Koreasat-5A, to provide direct-to-home (DTH) services for Mongolia’s DDISH TV, starting next year. DDISH TV is Mongolia's largest satellite broadcasting company, attracting 320,000 subscribers since it launched in 2008. As a result of the extra capacity, the operator plans to deliver more than 90 HD TV satellite channels.

“The contract came as a result of successful collaboration between KT SAT and our satellite broadcasting provider affiliate, KT Skylife,” the company said. “Both companies are expected to strengthen competitiveness in the satellite broadcasting sector, seeking next-generation growth areas.”

The contract allows KT SAT to secure another revenue source and strengthen its foothold in the global satellite-based TV market.