Published: 09.10 Europe/London, May 24, 2011

The Ukrainian DTH market is likely to be transformed by the country’s first satellite, which now looks set to be launched in mid-2013.

The latter forecast was made by Daniel Friedman, head of MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA), quoted by AKTR and sat-expert.

Work on the satellite, which is known as ‘Libid’, was suspended for four months whilst the Ukrainian authorities reached agreements on geostationary orbital positions with international broadcasting bodies but is now back under way.

MDA and the Ukrainian national space agency signed a contract worth $254 million (€180.7 million) in December 2009 to build Libid, with MDA providing a control centre and other necessary infrastructure.

Ukraine’s DTH market is currently served by the DTH platform Viasat Ukraine, with Russia’s NTV-Plus also available in the country.

Two other platforms – MYtv and Poverkhnost Plus – have ceased operations in the last few months.