Telstar 18 / Zenit-3SL
Built by Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) and operated by Loral Skynet - both subsidiaries of Loral Space & Communications - the Telstar 18 spacecraft carries a total of 54 active transponders, sixteen Ku-band transponders and thirty-eight C-band transponders. The high-powered 1300-model spacecraft's C-band covers Asia, Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific islands and Hawaii. The Ku-band reaches Mainland China, India, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Korea. The satellite will host cable programming, direct-to-home broadcasting, Internet and VSAT services within Asia while providing an inter-connect to the United States.