SAT-MidEast 98.05.08

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LAUNCH INFORMATION, http://www.satcodx.com/launches.shtml
Intelsat 805 will be launched with an Atlas II on 18 June: 01:13-02:26 CAT.
Hot Bird 5 is scheduled to launch on an Atlas II on 5 October: 00:06-02:00
CAT. This satellite replaces the Eutelsat II-f1 on the Hot Bird position at
13 East.

Eutelsat W1 is now scheduled for a launch with Ariane flight V109 in the
night from 30/06-01/07, and will be targetting the 10 East orbital position
and is supposed to replace Eutelsat II-f2, which will be relocated to 36
East for telecommunication duties (most probably bare of TV broadcasts).

The second satellite of the third Eutelsat series "W2" will probably be
launched with Ariane 503 on 11 September.

Globalstar announced recently an agreement with Al-Murjan, a Saudi
Arabia-based holding company, for the distribution of  Globalstar mobile
satellite services throughout the Gulf-states and the Middle East.

Under the service agreement Al-Murjan will act as the sole distributor of
Globalstar mobile satellite services in Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Qatar,
Oman, Yemen, Jordan, Syria, and Bahrain.  It will own and operate a
centrally located Globalstar ground station (gateway) and obtain all
necessary regulatory approvals for interconnecting the Globalstar system
with those nations' existing wireline and wireless infrastructure.  The
exact location of the planned gateway is under study.

"This agreement completes Globalstar's service provider plans for the Middle
East," said Anthony J. Navarra, executive vice president for Globalstar.
"Globalstar now has service provider agreements in 114 nations, covering 90
percent of Globalstar's business plan."

According to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the number of
main telephone lines in the Middle East region is approximately 6.3 lines
per 100 people, while the number of cellular users, currently 1.2 million
users, has been doubling every three years.

The dual-mode (cellular and satellite) Globalstar system has been expressly
designed to extend cellular-type service in regions of the world where it
has not been cost-effective or practical to build out terrestrial cellular
infrastructure.  Moreover, Globalstar is expected to offer an affordable
means to meet basic telephony needs in remote regions that have little or no
telephone service.

"This project will greatly enhance the development of mobile satellite
services in the Middle East and further satisfy demand for
telecommunications," said Mr. Sultan K. Bin Mahfouz, chairman of Al-Murjan.
"Working with Globalstar we will bring the benefits of advanced
communications to people throughout the region."

Subscribers in the Middle East will use mobile terminals similar to today's
cellular phones, with dual-mode capability so they will be able to switch
from satellite telephony to conventional cellular telephony as required.
Some Globalstar users in rural and remote areas may make or receive calls
through fixed-site telephones, similar either to phone booths or ordinary
wireline telephones. Subscriber terminals will communicate through a
Globalstar satellite to a gateway, that in turn will connect calls into
existing telecommunications networks.

Al-Murjan is a Saudi multinational company with manufacturing and trading
operations in various industries.  Al-Murjan's current activities encompass
manufacturing, trade and distribution of consumer products, investments,
design and supply of desalinization plants, supply of equipment to the
printing and graphics industries, and operations in the marine and mineral
industries.  Al-Murjan conducts activities in Saudi Arabia and in other
regional and international markets.

The Globalstar system, comprising 48 low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellites and a
global network of ground stations, will allow people around the world to
make or receive calls using hand-held, vehicle-mounted and fixed-site
terminals.  Globalstar will also provide data transmission, messaging,
facsimile and position location services.  Globalstar currently has eight
satellites in orbit and expects to launch 36 additional satellites by the
end of the year.  Four Globalstar gateways are being used to control and
test the satellite system, and site work and construction is under way at 20
more gateway sites around the world.

Globalstar, led by Loral Space & Communications, is a partnership of the
world's leading telecommunications service providers and equipment
manufacturers, and including QUALCOMM Incorporated, AirTouch Communications,
Alcatel, Alenia, China Telecom (HK), DACOM, Daimler-Benz Aerospace, Elsacom,
a Finmeccanica/Elsag Bailey Company, France Telecom, Hyundai, Space
Systems/Loral and Vodafone.

Loral Space & Communications is a high technology company that primarily
concentrates on satellite manufacturing and satellite-based services,
including broadcast transponder leasing and value added services, domestic
and international corporate data networks, global wireless telephony,
broadband data transmission and formatting, Internet connectivity, digital
audio radio services, and international direct-to-home satellite services.

Matra Marconi Space and Digimed, a subsidiary of the Cyprus
Telecommunications Authority (CYTA) have created E.A.S.T, the Euro African
Satellite Telecommunication Limited Company established in UK

E.A.S.T is a geostationary communications satellite system for Europe,
Africa and the Middle East, designed to provide state of the art mobile
telephony, fixed telephony and data services in remote regions at
competitive prices. The total cost of the programme is estimated at $800M.

An industrial team, led by Matra Marconi Space, including Nera and Ericsson,
will implement the system for full service deployment in 2001.             

WEST is a Matra Marconi Space initiative to develop a satellite-based
infrastructure to satisfy multimedia services. WEST is a broadband
interactive communications network which will initially comprise
geostationary Ka-band satellites covering Europe and adjacent regions. WEST
will feature great flexibility with in-orbit reconfiguration to provide
additional resources over service areas with increasing demand.

The WEST system will be complemented by a constellation of a limited number
of Ka-band satellites in Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) to provide additional
services and to extend the coverage.
(SME, source MMS)

SME Comment: On the MMS website is a fine artistical impression of this
satellite available, just take a look, but be aware that it is more than
1.5MB large (but we like the huge ones, don't we).

THAICOM 3, 78.5 East, http://www.satcodx.com/thai78.shtml
* MRTV on Thaicom has extended its broadcasting hours extensively since a
few days. Already on in the early morning: then at times a test card in
between and lately at 20:00 CAT they are still broadcasting.

All programming includes military personal, the displayed entertainment is
localized western stuff, some imported serials from the fifties and sixties,
and a relative low technical standard of transmission.

APSTAR 2R, 76.5 East, http://www.satcodx.com/apstar2r.shtml
* AXN Asia (525 lines) on 3.920 GHz, H,  has left PIDs
Test card on PIDs 1460/1420, MPEG-2/clear.

* The frequency of the encrypted MPEG-2 tests of TVB 8 have moved slightly
down from 3.689 GHz, H, to 3.672 GHz, H. The originating transponder number
has however changed from 5a to 4a.

PANAMSAT 4, 68.5 East, http://www.satcodx.com/pas4.shtml
NHK has started testing on 4.034 GHz, H, MPEG-2/clear, SR 26470, FEC 3/4,
with following line-up:

0488{1160}/0460{1120}: NHK World Premium (encrypted in PowerVu)
04EC{1260}/04C4{1220}: NHK World TV (525 lines, Japanese)
04EC{1260}/04C6{1222}: NHK World TV (525 lines, English)
0550{1360}/0528{1320}: NHK World TV (625 lines, Japanese)
0550{1360}/052A{1322}: NHK World TV (625 lines, English)

Radio Japan can be found on APID 0462{1122}.

The channel announces -on screen- the official start of the broadcasts on
PAS-4 as of May 31st. Perfect reception can be achieved in Cairo, a very
strong signal; the lower part of the used transponder had already reduced
it's power slightly last week. More info from Tokyo via Tel: 81-3-3485-7730

* The SHOWTIME Network, the best of western entertainment in the east,
announced that the "Hallmark Channel" will finally start on Friday, May
15th! There have been slight difficulties in the delivery of the correct
feed to the up-link station.

ARABSAT 2A, 26 East, http://www.satcodx.com/arab2a.shtml
* ART Open has started on 12.685 GHz, H, PAL/clear, with audio on 6.60 MHz.

* The JSC - Al-Jazeera Satellite Channel test card was adjusted last Sunday
with the addition of the "Eutelsat 13E 12.111 GHz" frequency.
It seems therefore that they will remain on this frequency, for a while at
least, and do not intend to use their claimed transponder 119, on Hot Bird

* ART Ala Keyfak on 12.605 GHz, H, has been temporary renamed "World Cup
Channel", and became for obvious reasons encrypted in IRDETO.

* Radio Orient has left the audio subcarrier on 7.38 MHz behind 3.864 GHz,

* Radio Channel 4 FM has started on 3.898 GHz, L, behind Ajman TV on audio
subcarriers of 7.20 and 7.74 MHz.

ASTRA 1G, 19.2 East, http://www.satcodx.com/astra1g.shtml
* Canal+/Multichoice on 12.515 GHz, H and 12.574 GHz, H, intends to use both
SECA-Mediaguard and IRDETO during a switch-over period, and aims to use its
propriatary SECA-Mediaguard exclusively in the future, but promises also
that as long there is a single IRDETO reciever in the Netherlands receiving
the channel, the IRDETO signal will be put through.
(SME, source: Canal +)

* BVN TV - Beste van Nederland TV has started on 12.574 GHz, H,
MPEG-2/clear, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, PIDs 0204{516}/02B2{690}.
Following radio channels have also been activated:
 0295{661}: Veronica FM
 02B3{691}: Radio Nederland
 02BD{701}: Radio Nederland

SME Comment: RDV/Eurotica was not observed on this version of BVN, only from
01:10-06:00 CAT on Hot Bird 1, transponder 4, 11.280 GHz, V. It started
there, after the temporary break due to the strike in Danmark, on Thursday

* TV Vandaag has been observed on in the Canal+/Multichoice package on
12.574 GHz, H, MPEG-2/clear, PIDs 0205{517}/02BC{700} in the so-called
"Multimedia Channel".

* All other encrypted channels on 12.515 GHz, H and 12.574 GHz, H, have
probably also started. See the SATCO-DX chart for more details.

EUTELSAT II-f3, 16 East, http://www.satcodx.com/e2f3.shtml
* TMC, an excellent Italian music channel, was temporary on 11.024 GHz, H,
MPEG-2/clear, SR 5632, FEC 3/4, PIDs 0021{33}/0022{34}, on the super beam.

EUTELSAT II-f1, 13 East, http://www.satcodx.com/e2f1.shtml
* Eros TV was observed for a few days, temporary, on Eutelsat II-F1, 11.658
GHz, V, in D2-MAC/Eurocrypt S2, on widebeam, 01:00-05:00 CET, in parallel
with transmissions on Eutelsat II-F3.

From May 16, Eros TV intends to expand its broadcast hours, with unscrambled
general "Entertainment TV" from 18:00-23:00 CAT, followed by three hours of
"adult entertainment" until the usual encrypted hardcore service starts at
02:00 CAT after midnight.
(SME, various sources)

* SCT in PAL/PingPong has left transponder 22, 11.146 GHz, H.

* SCT returned Thursday night to Eutelsat II-f1, transponder 39, 11.658 GHz,
V, PAL/PingPong, Audio on 6.50 MHz, 00:15-01:45 CAT, and remains on Eutelsat
II-f2, 11.163 GHz, H, 01:00-02:30 CAT.

* On all frequencies and packages where Onyx was transmitting, this test
card was displayed this week:

Satisfaction stops its transmission because of technical problems, you can
see the transmission on:

Eutelsat II-f2, 11.163 GHz, H, starting from 01:00 CAT
Eutelsat II-f1, 11.658 GHz, V, starting from 00:30 CAT
(SME, source anonymous)

* El Reshad TV started on 11.658 GHz, V, PAL/clear, 6.60 MHz, 18:00-19:00
"El Reshad is a religious channel with the goal to promote and explain the
words of the Holy Koran." Transmission language is Arabic.
The channel is broadcast directly after the broadcasts of Iranian
oppositional channel "Sima-yeh Moghavemet". Alledged affinations of both
channels are not proven.

HOT BIRD 1, 13 East, http://www.satcodx.com/hb1.shtml
* "Karayb Musyk" from Guadeloupe has been observed with a test broadcast on
BVN  transponder 4, 11.282 GHz, V, PAL/clear, with stereo audio on 7.02:720,
but strangely with empty audio carriers on 7.38:7.56 MHz, of which I guess
the Dutch PTT was not so happy about, as it interrupted the RNW 1 & RWW 2
signals !

The transmission was uplinked from Paris; more info on the origines of this
channel can be found on URL: http://www.awabg.com/

The official start date of the Carribean Music Channel is Sunday, August

SME Comment: I liked the way they put all pricing on-screen in EURO (with as
comparison USD in bracketts) !

* After a thorough investigation, here is the audio line-up of the Worldnet
MPEG-2/PowerVu, SR 5632, FEC 3/4, transmissions on 11.422 GHz, V:

10E2{4222}: VoA (mono: left/right)
10EA{4230}: VoA Express (stereo)
10EC{4232}: VoA (stereo)
1144{4320}: VoA (mono: left/right)
1146{4322}: VoA (mono: left/right)
114E{4330}: RFE - Radio Free Europe/RL - Radio Liberty (mono: left/right)
1150{4332}: VoA Africa (stereo), relays VoA Express during nights

* RDV/Eurotica returned Thursday night from 01:10-06:00 CAT to transponder
4, 11.280 GHz, V, after the temporary break due to a strike in Danmark, it
was not observed on the Astra 1G version of BVN.

* WRN 3, in German can be found on transponder 2, 11.242 GHz, V,
MPEG-2/enc., APID 97, right audio channel. WRN 1, in English, is using the
left side of the modulation.

HOT BIRD 2, 13 East, http://www.satcodx.com/hb2.shtml
The channels on the BT test, Wide beam, multiplex on transponder 69, 12.092
GHz, H, MPEG-2/clear, SR 27500, FEC 2/3, have stabilized after last weeks
turmoil. Here a current line-up:

00C8{200}/00C9{201}: TVE Intenacional
00DC{220}/00DD{221}: Euronews (initial German audio changed to French)
00E6{230}/00E7{231}: TV Polonia
0122{290}/1FFF{8191}: Quantum24 (audio not transmitted)
0123{291}/0124{292}: Fashion TV (audio low volume)
0125{293}/0126{294}: RAI Uno (audio low volume)
0193{393}/019A{400}: TBS Inert (& Country Music Radio)

Onyx TV with night-partner SCT and TVE Canal 24-Horas have left the package.

* ART Ala Keyfak on 12.015 GHz, H, has been temporary renamed "World Cup
Channel", and became for obvious reasons encrypted in VIACCESS.

* Transponder 63, 11.977 GHz, H, previous used analogue by Polonia 1, is
still showing the "Aagesta Earth Station" test card in PAL/clear. It is
rumoured that this transponder is still owned by Sweden's Telia and talks
around a new sub-lease of the transponder are being in progress.

HOT BIRD 3, 13 East, http://www.satcodx.com/hb3.shtml
* The digital test package on transponder 74, 12.188 GHz, V, has been
switched off, now only receivable from Hot Bird 2, transponder 69, 12.092
GHz, H.

* Swiss Light (APID 0062{98}) and Swiss Classic (APID 0063{99}) have
returned to the SBC bouquet on transponder 85, 12.399 GHz, H.
TSI 2 has NOT started in this package. It's just an encrypted test card.

* On transponder 72, 12.149 GHz, V, Wide beam, MPEG-2/clear, SR 27500, FEC
3/4,  "Antenna Hungaria bouquet" appeared Friday morning the German music
channel VIVA Zwei on PIDs 110/111. The channel listing ID was not adjusted.

SME Comment: Hmmm... A nice surprise. We have lost Onyx TV in the Middle
East, and this is much better, but for how long ? Couldn't it be temporary
just during the London S&C exhibtion ? We'll wait and see, again...and HAVE

* In the same package ceased the Duna TV audio on APID 0079{121} this week,
Petöfi Rádió audio was temporary available on APID 0083{131}.

* An "EBC-DA" (Etisalat Broadcasting Corporation - Abu Dhabi) test card had
temporary replaced the "Abu Dhabi" test card in the FT Globecast bouquet on
transponder 84, 12.380 GHz, V, Wide beam, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, PIDs

Abu Dhabi TV started this Thursday afternoon with test broadcasts for a
couple of hours, which were replaced later that evening by a number of
inerts with music. The official start of the channel seems eminent.

Radio Abu Dhabi was broadcasted on both APIDs 0DCD{3533} and 0DCE{3534},
Radio  station Ellibera FM was not on air.
The TV and Radio transmissions are identical to the ones on Arabsat 2A, 26
East, transponder 6, 12.620 GHz, V.

* Polonia 1 has returned - digital, in the slavic HRT/SLO package on
transponder 80, 12.303 GHz, V, MPEG-2/clear, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, with PIDs

The TeleText of TV Slovenija 1/2 is still linked to the signal, and the
Polonia 1 appearance in the package is NOT reflected in the channel listing,
which could point to a TEMPORARY uplink from Croatia.

* On Telespazio transponder 70, 12.111 GHz, V, MPEG-2/clear, Wide beam, SR
27500, FEC 2/3, was Wednesday Onyx TV and its night-partner SCT, on PIDs
00DC{220}/00DD{221} replaced by EuroNews/SuperShop (initially with german
audio, which later was switched to the french mother tongue)

HOT BIRD 4, 13 East, http://www.satcodx.com/hb4.shtml
* Transponder 101, 12.731 GHz, H, carries now Internet Data on the Wide
beam. It can be normally loaded with channel ID:DATA and has SR 7999, and
FEC 3/4. Don't expect Audio or Video however !

* Jordan Satellite Channel has left the Arabsat MPEG-2 package on
transponder 97, 12.654 GHz, H, only a day after it's appearance.

* Thai TV 5 Global TV Network has been seen temporary last Tuesday in the
Telespazio "B" package on 12.673 GHz, V, MPEG-2/clear, PIDs
011D{285}/011E{286}, without audio. Shortly thereafter premier music channel
VIVA was temporary switched through, in full stereo.

EUTELSAT II-f2, 10 East, http://www.satcodx.com/e2f2.shtml
* RTS Sat has left transponder 39,11.658 GHz, V, now only on transponder 33,
11.596 GHz, H.

* Transponder 39 has been switched up to the 12 GHz-range, 12.708 GHz, V, to
perform MPEG-2 services and will furthermore be reffered to as transponder

NILESAT 101, 7 West, http://www.satcodx.com/nile101.shtml
* Egyptian Information Minister Safwat el-Sherif said that the country's
first satellite, Nilesat 101, has reached geostationary orbit at 7 West and
is undergoing in-orbit testing. The satellite had been launched April 28
on a European Ariane rocket.

Transmissions will officially commence on May 31, which was declared
"Media Day," when President Hosni Mubarak will give the signal to uplink
television and radio programmes to the satellite.

Egypt has already signed contracts with Libya and Oman to lease channels
on the satellite. Lebanon is also expected to lease Nilesat capacity.
Observers expect a full-scale price war between Nilesat and other
operators serving the Middle East, especially Arabsat and Eutelsat.

* Following was announced by Nilesat Co. in the local press:

The main ground station monitoring the first Egyptian telecommunications
satellite, which was sent to air last week under the name of NILESAT 101,
announced yesterday [May 6th] the success of the third stage of the
satellite's movement towards its orbit.
"The satellite is now regularly orbiting some 36,000 kilometers away from
the planet," the station said  in a statement.

SME Comment: Any observations of testing in the Ku-range from 11.700 to
12.100 GHz, on 7 West is being gladly received in my or the SATCO-DX

INTELSAT 803, 21.5 West, http://www.satcodx.com/i803.shtml
A very wide Ku carrier, full transponder bandwidth, on 10.960 GHz, H, could
be received with medium strength. No transmissions could be received.
(SME, source Doron Shimony)

Intelsat 803, 31.5 West, http://www.satcodx.com/i803.shtml
The first signals could be received as test cards and/or BT promos in the
Ku-Band. In the Middle East only the Global, East-Zone beam, and the East
Hemispheric beam can be received.

SME Comment: Any observations of testing is being gladly received in my or
the SATCO-DX e-mailbox.

SAT-MIDEAST INTERN, http://www.sat-net.com/sat-mideast/
The SAT-MidEast weekly news bulletins are still every week available on the
SAT-MidEast website at sat-net.com. However fully HTML formatted; much more
pleasing to the human eye. Just take a look and communicate your opinion too
your partners and friends !

DR.DISH INTERN, http://www.drdish.com/
Friday, May 8th 1998 again time for drdish@tv from 21:00-00:00 CAT via
DFS-II Kopernikus, 28.5 East, still analogue on 11.548 GHz, V.

Here the scheduled programme:
 International Satellite News (by N.Schlammer and SATCO-DX)
 Space-News with John Locker
 Dutch Media News with David de Jong
 Digital-News with Mike Bauerfeind
 Scanner and satellite with Mike Hoehn
 The Movie: CELESTIS (funreral in orbit)
 Joerg Rademacher and Stefan Eichler
 Makers of d-remote and assistents to Dr.Overflow
 talking about the DVB98-Project

PRAXIS Digimaster 9600
 analogue/digital-hebrid-receiver with polarizer-control
 and as always:

Dr.Dish-Live. answering your technical questions,
 and discusses the problems around utility-reception

If you would like to participate with a video-tape (S-VHS/VHS) please send
it to: drdish@tv, P.O.Box 1153, D-52532 Gangelt/Germany

Still, drdish@tv is looking for a new satellite/transponder, in order to
reach a wider audience. If you could be of any help, please send an e-mail.

Thanks for all the ideas from the Middle-East and USA. We would like to have
dridh@tv in this regions, but this means again: we would need a suitable
satellite and transponder! Why not live from the U.A.E. ?
But, who pays the ferryman ?

Christian Mass (Dr.Dish)
Senior-Editor of TELE-satellite International
Producer of drdish@tv

In other news: Ever wanted to watch Dr. Dish TV? Then turn on your browser
and switch to this channel:


and see and listen to him any time you want. Who needs a satellite dish
nowadays, when you can get all those channels via the net?
(SME, source AW)

ASK-ME INTERN, http://www.sat-net.com/listserver/ask-me/
The first mailing of the new Q&A service of SAT-MidEast has been send out
last week to the subscribers. I'm very pleased about the initial positive
responses, and like to thank everybody who wrote in for his good wishes.

On with the show, I'm already working on ASK-ME II, the sequel !

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