Protostar 2, bought by satellite operator SES in December 2009 and re-named SES-7 (and operating from 108.2 Degree East), has won a major contract from the Indian market. SES says it has contracted a “multi-year, multi-transponder” order covering 12 Ku-band transponders with an unnamed client, serving the Indian DTH market.
India is a hugely competitive DTH market, and even though ProtoStar was originally intended to serve Subhash Chandra’s Zee/Dish DTH operation it is thought Zee/Dish is not the final client. Other possible clients include Bharti Airtel, TataSky, Reliance and Doordarshan. SES-7 already carries Airtel channels.