Telstar 18 Vantage opens for business
November 5, 2018
By Chris Forrester
Telstar 18 Vantage, a new high-throughput satellite launched on September 10th, is now operational at 138 degrees East and offering commercial services. The Telstar fleet is operated by Ottawa-based Telesat.
Built by Space Services/Loral (SS/L), a Maxar Technologies company, Telstar 18 Vantage is the latest in a new generation of Telesat satellites with capacity optimised to serve the types of bandwidth intensive applications increasingly in demand by users worldwide. It replaces and expands on Telesat’s Telstar 18 satellite through extensive C-band capacity over Asia, Ku-band HTS spot beams over Indonesia and Malaysia, and five additional regional Kuband beams.
The coverage of Telstar 18 Vantage reaches across Asia all the way to Hawaii – in both C and Ku-band – enabling direct connectivity between any point in Asia and the Americas. Its innovative Ku-band payloads of HTS spot beams and focused regional beams provide customers operating in Southeast Asia, Mongolia, Australia & New Zealand, and the North Pacific Ocean with greater choice and flexibility in deploying high performing broadband networks.