Built by Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) and operated by Loral Skynet - both subsidiaries of Loral Space & Communications - the Telstar 18 spacecraft carries a total of 54 active transponders, sixteen Ku-band transponders and thirty-eight C-band transponders. The high-powered 1300-model spacecraft's C-band covers Asia, Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific islands and Hawaii. The Ku-band reaches Mainland China, India, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Korea. The satellite will host cable programming, direct-to-home broadcasting, Internet and VSAT services within Asia while providing an inter-connect to the United States.
APT Satellite Company Limited will initially take up 68.5% of the satellite capacity to provide a wide array of video and data services across Asia. Headquartered in Hong Kong and listed on both the Hong Kong and New York stock exchanges, APT Satellite Group has been dedicated to providing high quality services in satellite transponders, satellite communications and satellite TV broadcasting services to renowned broadcasting and telecommunication sectors in the Asia Pacific region via its own Satellite Control Centre in Hong Kong for over ten years.
A pioneer in the satellite industry, Loral Skynet continues to deliver the superior service quality and range of satellite solutions that have made it an industry leader for more than 40 years. Through the broad coverage of the Telstar satellite fleet, and in combination with its established hybrid VSAT/fiber global network infrastructure, Skynet is a source for all broadcast, data network, Internet access, IP and systems integration needs. Headquartered in Bedminster, New Jersey, Loral Skynet is dedicated to providing secure, high-quality connectivity and communications.
Space Systems/Loral is a premier designer, manufacturer and integrator of powerful satellites and satellite systems. SS/L also provides a range of related services that include mission control operations and procurement of launch services. Based in Palo Alto, Calif., the company has an international base of commercial and governmental customers whose applications include broadband digital communications, direct-to-home broadcast, defense communications, environmental monitoring and air traffic control. SS/L satellites have amassed more than a thousand years of reliable on-orbit service.