Measat-3b, Optus 10 launch delay
Rebecca Hawkes
| 28 May 2014
The launch of Malaysian satellite MEASAT-3b, which was scheduled for 6 June, has been postponed while its co-passenger, Australia's Optus 10 satellite, has additional verifications.

"We are clearly disappointed with the delay and are currently in coordination with Arianespace (the launch service provider) on the rescheduling of the launch. We will provide an update when we receive further information on the revised launch date," said Paul Brown-Kenyon, chief executive officer, MEASAT Satellite Systems said in a statement.

MEASAT-3b is designed to provide an additional 48 high powered Ku-band transponders to the 91.5E orbital slot to expand direct-to-home television and VSAT services across Malaysia, India, Indonesia and Australia.

Co-located with MEASAT-3 and MEASAT-3a, the satellite will more than double MEASAT's Ku-band capacity at 91.5E when operational.

Indian DTH operator Sun Direct recently announced it has leased extra transponder space on MEASAT-3b to expand its high definition and standard definition channel offering though these expansion plans will also now face delay.