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In 1992, in response to the Vision 2020 plan laid out by YABhg. Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad for the development of Malaysia’s communications infrastructure for the new millennium, Binariang Sdn. Bhd. brought together a team of experienced and highly motivated experts to develop and launch Malaysia’s first communications satellite system. The project was named the Malaysia East Asia Satellite, or MEASAT for short.

This effort culminated in the launch in 1996 of the MEASAT-1 and MEASAT-2 communications satellites from the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. The two high-powered Boeing 376HP communications satellites provided regional C-Band coverage and pioneered the use of Ku-Band in the high rainfall South East Asia region. Operated from a purposed built satellite control facility located 915m above sea level in Gunung Raya, Langkawi, the MEASAT-1 and MEASAT-2 satellites started providing satellite service across South East Asia from 1996.

The launch of MEASAT-1 and MEASAT-2 led to a rapid increase in Malaysian infrastructure development in both the telecommunication and broadcasting industries, including the launch of the technologically advanced digital Direct-To-Home (DTH) Multi-Channel TV Service, Astro.

Originally part of the Maxis Group, the satellite division became independent in 1998. Undertaking a reverse takeover of Malaysian Tobacco Company ("MTC") in 2001, renaming the holding company MEASAT Global Berhad and the operating company MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn Bhd, the company came of age.

Since the launch of the first two satellites, MEASAT has been supporting the development of Malaysia's ICT infrastructure and expanding its regional presence. Today MEASAT operates from the world class MEASAT Teleport and Broadcast Centre in Cyberjaya, with capacity across six satellites providing reach to over 150 countries, representing 80% of the world’s population and host to one of the region’s strongest DTH neighbourhoods.

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