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.