NYBB, Boeing lay plans for Asian CMMB multimedia satellite service

DetailsRebecca Hawkes | 23 January 2015

Boeing Satellite Systems will negotiate a contract to build a new high powered L-band satellite to support mobile multimedia services in China and other Asian markets, New York Broadband LLC has announced.

New York Broadband LLC (NYBB), which recently acquired the AsiaStar satellite located in orbit at 105° East and its associated L-band spectrum rights, plans to replace it with the new satellite, NYBBSat-1, in 2017.

NYBB will lease the entire capacity of this new satellite to CMMB Vision Holdings of Hong Kong for its planned mobile multimedia service in China and elsewhere in Asia.

"The selection of Boeing for negotiation of a contract to build our new satellite is another major step for our plan to serve China and the rest of Asia with mobile multimedia programming," said Charles Wong, chairman and CEO of CMMB Vision.

CMMB Vision has recently entered into a strategic cooperation framework agreement with Global Broadcasting Media Group (GMG), a subsidiary of China Radio International, one of the three state-media broadcasters in China. It not only provides next generation mobile multimedia services, but is also a major developer of mobile and broadcast-unicast convergence technologies.

"The high power payload of the NYBBSat-1 satellite will offer satellite capacity that enables CMMB Vision to deliver services to consumer mobile devices throughout China and the rest of Asia," added Charles Wong.