Orion Express satellite concern
By Chris Dziadul
March 19, 2012 08.23 Europe/London
The Russian DTH platform Orion Express faces a major obstacle in its expansion plans.
According to Vedomosti, a decision on whether the platform can use frequencies on the Horizons 2 satellite, which is owned by Intelsat, has been postponed until a meeting of the General Radio Frequency Centre (GFRC), called at the initiative of the initiative of the Russian Space Agency (Roskosmosa).
It is understood that by broadcasting on Horizons 2 Orion Express would disrupt the operation of the Kazsat-2 satellite. Orion Express has 640,000 subscribers and signed an agreement with Intelsat worth more $100 million (€75.9 million) last September for the use of capacity on Horizons 2.
This would allow it to broadcast up to 150 channels, some in HD, and extend its coverage in Russia.