GE International Holdings Inc., a holding company for the satellite businesses of General Electric Company, has begun business in Asia under the name of Sat-GE. The new company offers satellite capacity across the Pacific region using the GE-23 satellite (the former AMC-23).
GE-23 encompasses six individual beams, five Ku-band and one C-band, that give almost total coverage of both land mass and ocean from Perth in Australia to Los Angeles in the United States and from Alaska to South New Zealand. GE-23 offers Ku-band cross connectivity capability between multiple beams and in C-band, a single trans-Pacific beam allows simultaneous uplink and downlink from anywhere within the beam.
Manufactured by Alcatel Space, a series 4100 spacecraft, with a minimum useful life of 15 years, GE-23 was launched on the 29th of December 2005 and operates from an orbital slot at 172 degrees east. It is ideally positioned to deliver internet applications, data and telecommunications services via VSAT and broadcast programming for cable and satellite communities. GE-23 is the renamed AMC-23 satellite, which was recently transferred from SES to GE following the closing of a broader transaction between GE and SES.