International Launch Services has won the contract to launch two new Turkish satellites. Turksat 4A will launch in late 2013 and Turksat 4B a few months later in early 2014.
The design life of 15-year on orbit service of each satellite will provide telecommunication and direct TV broadcasting services throughout Turkey, as well as in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Turksat AS satellite operator will use Turksat 4A at its core 42 degrees east orbital position. Turksat 4A would include Ku-band transponders for television broadcasting, and an undisclosed number of C- and Ka-band channels. Turksat 4B will be operated at 50 degrees east position.