What is Belintersat 

The new satellite operator of the Republic of Belarus is established by the government for the purpose of creating a modern satellite communication and broadcasting infrastructure throughout the country and abroad. Belarussian geostationary satellite BELINTERSAT-1 goes live at the orbital position 51.5 degrees east. After a three-month period of in-orbit testing, BELINTERSAT-1 will begin providing telecommunications services in C- and Ku-bands.    

The satellite is designed for a 15-year lifespan with 20 C-band and 18 Ku-band transponders, of which four of the Ku-band transponders are 54MHz instead of 36MHz. Now Belintersat is preparing to provide advanced satellite telecommunications services for Belarus and international markets.

The strategy of the new project includes the creation and support of the world telecom and broadband markets based on modern communication technologies that will enable all the customers to reach a much higher level of communication opportunities throughout the territory of Europe, Africa and Asia. The development of the project aims at the international market entry, among the other leading broadcasters, followed by active commercialization of the satellite capacity, as well as TV content and internet TV services.

While the Republic of Belarus has invested heavily in Belintersat, it created the project to function as a commercial entity. The project gained direct state support because of the highly evident commercial applications and export potential it had. The company is protected by the state and provided with government guarantees.  

 

Satellite capacity and infrastructure

Among the different partners, Belintersat works closely with Gilat Satellite Networks of Israel, and iDirect based in the United States. Establishing mutually beneficial partnerships is a top priority, as the Belintersat Project has several international markets in mind. As it was mentioned, BELINTERSAT-1 is designed to cover Europe, the Middle East, Africa and much of Asia. Some capacity is already pre-sold and other contracts are underway.    

Today, two transponders for the market needs of the Republic of Belarus are reserved in the European beam (Ku-band). On the external market, eight transponders have been sold to Chinese companies: five transponders in the African beam (C-band), one in the Central African beam (Ku-band) and two in the Global beam (C-band). As for the available satellite capacity further commercialization, it is worth taking into account current and future market needs (in particular, East-Asia region), the pricing dynamics of the satellite resource allocation, the coordination process of satellite networks underway, etc.  

Belintersat has got the ground segment for the upcoming satellite communication system, which consists of a Ground Control Station (GCS) and a teleport (further teleport services). GCS shows four antennas — two 13-meter in C-band, one 9-meter in Ku-band, and another 11-meter in Ku-band. The start of GCS operations is slated for November 2015, with the teleport infrastructure to follow in March 2016. 

 

Commercialisation 

Now Belintersat Project is negotiating on the resource commercialization with global operators and providers of satellite services, which have already expressed serious interest in acquiring the capacity on the satellite. World customers will be able to use BELINTERSAT-1’s resources to create their own corporate communication networks. While leasing a transponder they will also be offered modern telecommunication services – format conversion services, content distribution (video distribution, digital cinema), ultra-HD broadcasting, retransmission of TV channels, HD pay-TV services, etc. 

Belintersat will also be able to allow its clients to build their distributed networks on the basis of satellite channels, including using specialized data protection solutions. The aggregation of branches of a company across various continents in the eastern hemisphere, representative offices and consular institutions, a branching network of service outlets into a single, reliable, well-managed and protected network will allow companies to optimize the cost of telecommunication infrastructure. 

Depending on the region, the focus is attached to the future development of telecommunication technologies, national programs for digital education, the availability of potential markets for the distribution of satellite broadcasting and communication channels in these areas. Keeping in mind different data networks and markets, offering services like VSAT networks, direct television broadcasting, end-to-end communications, distribution of television content, operating with long-distance telecommunication channels, Belintersat gets forward its own solutions and occupies the chosen niche on the international market of communication and broadcasting services.  

It will also be possible for the customers to book the capacity of the BELINTERSAT-1 communication satellite to arrange real-time direct TV and radio broadcasting of live sport events, cultural, political and other events, any regional broadcasting as well. Digital satellite news gathering (DSNG) will allow television companies and other mass media to be the first to report fresh news.

 

Our expectations 

The Belintersat Project will seek to provide services such as Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) connectivity, Direct-to-Home (DTH) broadcasting, distribution, and IP-Trunking to customers based on their needs. Furthermore, after BELINTERSAT-1, the organization shapes to build out a constellation of satellites, leveraging international partnerships to become a force in the global market, providing broadcast and telecommunication services worldwide. Thus, the Belintersat Project is aimed at the prospect of a deployed satellite communications system.

Within the next two years, the Belintersat Project intends to solidify its stance as the satellite communication and broadcasting operator. One of the top-priority tasks is the establishment of mutually beneficial cooperation with foreign partners for providing telecommunication services (Europe, Asia and Africa coverage). Belintersat Project is open to dialogue and is always ready to work together with partners either on commercial or technical cooperation principles, enriching its broadcasting and data network services.