China developing direct broadcasting satellites
Monday, April 2nd, 2007

China Direct Broadcasting Satellite Co Ltd, an enterprise established by China Satellite Communications Corporation and Sino Satellite Communications Co Ltd (SINOSAT), formally opened on 30 March. The company is engaged in developing satellites for direct broadcasting and is building China’s first direct radio and television broadcasting system.

China plans to use the SB4000 commercial satellite platform developed by France’s Alcatel Alenia Aerospace Company to launch its Chinasat 9 satellite in 2007, and the Chinese-made Dongfanghong IV satellite platform to launch SinoSat-4 in 2008. The signal for this direct radio and television broadcasting system will be possible to receive in more than 98 percent of the country. Users in remote areas will be able to receive the signals by using a small antenna.

(Source: People’s Daily Online)