Eutelsat in talks to buy Measat

Bloomberg is reporting that Eutelsat and AsiaSat are each talking with Malaysia’s Measat about taking possible stakes in Kuala Lumpur-based Measat. Sources told Bloomberg that some sort of partnership might result with access to Measat’s small fleet of four craft being a major goal.

Measat’s aims are said to include help in developing and launching new satellites. Measat is controlled by Malaysian billionaire T Ananda Krishnan, and managed by Paul Brown-Kenyon.

A link with Paris-based Eutelsat would have the result of extending Eutelsat’s ‘footprint’ further to the East. AsiaSat is backed in part by China’s CITIC.  Measat’s prime customer is the Astro pay-TV system.

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