MonacoSat’s first satellite, TurkmenAlem-52E/MonacoSat, was launched in 2015. It provides Ku-band coverage over Europe, Northern Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia for television broadcasting and internet connectivity services.
Fremont, CA: MonacoSat, a newcomer satellite operator, is planning to order its second geostationary communications satellite, and could complete the process by this year’s end, its chief executive stated.
MonacoSat’s first satellite, TurkmenAlem-52E/MonacoSat, was launched in 2015. It provides Ku-band coverage over Europe, Northern Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia for television broadcasting and internet connectivity services. The government of Turkmenistan funded the satellite, as well as the launch and ground infrastructure, and collaborated with the company Space Systems International — Monaco to utilize the Monacan government’s orbital slot at 52 degrees East.
Aygün stated that Turkmenistan’s government is using two-thirds of the capacity on TurkmenAlem-52E/MonacoSat and that MonacoSat is ready to expand.
The second satellite, called MonacoSat-2, would be entirely software-defined and would provide communications services in Ka-band frequencies, he confirmed.
The Monacan government and SSI-Monaco are collaborating on MonacoSat-2, Aygün added. The satellite is expected to have reconfigurable capacity — feature satellite operators are beginning to expect from manufacturers — which would “drastically” reduce the price per megabit, he said.
MonacoSat is among a group of new satellite operators that have risen in recent years across Europe, beside Belintersat in Belarus and BulgariaSat in Bulgaria, each of which operates a single geostationary satellite. That list continues to get bigger, recently with an August announcement by Hungarian communications company 4iG that it, along with two other domestic companies, intends to launch Hungary’s first commercial geostationary satellite in 2024 and operate it through a joint venture called CarpathiaSat.