Asia-Pacific Broadcasting (APB) September 2017 Volume 34, Issue 7 - Page 32

32 DISTRIBUTION September 2017 KBZ Gateway boosts connectivity services with AsiaSat KBZ Gateway (KBZ), a subsidiary of The Kanbawza Group of Com- panies based in Myanmar, has reaffirmed its partnership with Asia Satellite Telecommunications (Asia- Sat) to expand very small aperture terminal (VSAT) broadband services to its clients across the country. The alliance allows KBZ to of- fer advanced broadband services that support up to 100Mbps of throughput. The expanded capac- ity, said KBZ, will also allow it to extend its footprint into the hos- pitality sector. Prior to the signing of this new agreement, KBZ has already expanded its C-band and Ku-band capacity on the AsiaSat 4 and Asia- Sat 7 satellites to meet the growing demands from its clients in other verticals. U Naing Tun Kyaw, managing director of KBZ Gateway, com- mented: “AsiaSat has matched the requirements of our service portfolio that allow our services to be delivered to customers with high uptimes on Ku-band, even in the rain. With the launch of AsiaSat 9 later this year, our clients will be able to further benefit from its increased power and enhanced coverage, enjoying higher uptime and faster speed for our data net- works across Myanmar.” The AsiaSat 9 satellite is planned to replace AsiaSat 4 at the 122º East orbital location, and is scheduled for launch later this year. Equipped with a dedicated Ku-band Myanmar beam, AsiaSat 9 is capable of providing a downlink power up to 55dBW that allows for MV International reaches out