China expands iPSTAR connections

iPSTAR-1 Thaicom

Shin Satellite Pcl, operator of the main Thai satellite network, has opened a broadband gateway to China, in collaboration with its partner China Satellite Communications Corporation (China Satcom).

The iPSTAR (Broadband Satellite System) Gateway in Beijing, utilizing Shin's Thaicom 4 satellite, will be able to provide broadband services to the northern part of China while two more gateways, at Shanghai and Guangzhou, will be constructed later this year to allow China Satcom to provide high-speed communications services to the whole country.

"In China we are looking at a huge market with many large, to serve communities," said Dumrong Kasemset, chairman of Shin Satellite's executive committee.

"Many of them require basic communications infrastructure, and our system could well handle up to 1 million people in China alone."

Shin Satellite launched Thaicom 4 (aka iPSTAR), the world's largest commercial satellite, in August 2005 to provide the Asia-Pacific region with high-speed Internet access and internet protocol applications including voice, data and multimedia.

(Source: BKP)

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