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The "Astra 2F" satellite will be in it's correct position imminently, the moving of BBC/ITV e.t.c. channels from Astra 1N to Astra 2F will not be happening immediately when Astra 2F is in it's correct 28.2 position, there will be a small period of testing before all that happens, when this small period of testing commences then the frequency information will be posted here and I will hopefully be receiving a most welcome "deluge" of reception reports from all over Europe, these reception reports will be posted and "Astra 2F Reception Maps" pages, naturally when something "drastic" happens it will also be posted on this website. Nothing has happened to your channels yet, when it is imminent you will know about it here, there is speculation that the Astra 1N to Astra 2F channel switchover may not now happen until early December (unconfirmed), this is the nature of the satellite business, dates and plans very often do change.


As soon as Astra 2F is at the 28.2 degrees east satellite position (it will not be at 43.5 degrees east for too much longer) it will begin a small period testing one or two frequencies before the "big business" commences, reception reports from all over Europe will be posted HERE


As has previously been proven with SES-Astra's coverage maps their coverage maps are "safe", their footprints are tighter than what the real signals prove to be, previous SES-Astra satellite signals have travelled further that the coverage maps show, I expect Astra 2F to be no different, signals will travel further than the coverage maps show, how far they travel remains to be seen, I am very fortunate to have a network of readers in various parts of Europe who will send me their Astra 2F reception reports as soon as it lights up, for this I am very grateful and I would welcome and appreciate anyone else's reception reports once Astra 2F is active, Thank you so much.

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Broadcasting footprint on astra 2f

Astra 2F has three Ku-band downlink beams covering Europe and Africa. The Europe beam is centred on the English Channel with maximum signal (for reception on a 40cm dish) over the UK, Ireland, France, Benelux, and parts of Germany, Austria, and Spain, and reception on a 1m dish extending to North Africa, Poland and the Balkans.
The UK Spot beam provides maximum signal (40cm dishes) over the UK and Ireland and it is unclear at present (as of August 2012) how far this beam extends and the sharpness of its edge roll-off.
The West Africa beam provides for reception with 60cm dishes across southern West Africa from Senegal to Nigeria, with a lower signal level (80cm dishes) extending across the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Ka-band footprint for satellite broadband provides full service coverage across western Europe from the UK and France in the west to Czech Republic, Austria, Croatia and Boznia Herzegovina in the east.(reference wikipedia)

During the summer last year we made a significant change to our HD transponder, upgrading the transmission mode of the BBC's signal from "DVB-S" to "DVB-S2".

This change meant that we were able to make more efficient use of the valuable satellite capacity available on our HD transponder. It gave us the ability to broadcast at 1920 resolution and conduct 3D trials on satellite for Wimbledon, Strictly Come Dancing, Street Dance, the London 2012 Olympic Games and, most recently, Planet Dinosaur.

Over the last year, we have worked closely with our colleagues at Sky, Freesat and SES to investigate how we can continue to make the most efficient use of our satellite capacity in light of improving technology. As a result, we are now able to make a further modification to the DVB-S2 operating parameters which enables us to access additional capacity. This will support the forthcoming launch of BBC One HD for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

We will be making this change during the early hours of 20 September 2012 and will update our reception advice page which details all our satellite tuning details at that time.

The change will mean different things to different people:

If you watch TV using Freeview or Virgin Media, or can't currently view HD channels you will not be affected.
If you have Sky, you should not notice the change and shouldn't have to do anything on or after 20 September. If you do have an issue receiving the BBC HD channels from this date you can try unplugging your Sky set top box, waiting 30s and plugging it back in again. If that doesn't resolve your problem it's best to contact Sky on 08442 411 653.
If you have Freesat you may need to put your HD box or TV into standby for 30 seconds and then switch it back on again to continue to receive the two BBC HD channels; if the channels are still unavailable then carry out a 'Freesat channel retune'. During last year's changes we found that a small number of devices didn't store the information after a Freesat retune so if that happens try a 'first time installation' or 'full factory reset'. Full instructions can be found in the manual for your digital TV or box. Further help with retuning can be found at or by calling their customer support team on 08450 990 990.
If you have any other kind of satellite receiver that can currently receive the BBC HD channels then you should use the new parameters below to tune manually into the services. The current and new parameters for Astra 1N tp.50 are:

Parameter Current New
Frequency 10,847 MHz (vertical polarity) unchanged
Modulation DVB-S2, QPSK DVB-S2, 8PSK
Symbol Rate 23.0 MSymb/s unchanged
FEC 8/9 2/3

We have also contacted satellite and aerial installer trade associations - the CAI and the RDI - providing them with information with which to brief their members in case anyone experiencing a problem contacts an installer rather than their platform operator. We will also be putting information about this change on the satellite BBC Red Button page 998 a bit nearer the time because we know not everyone has access to the internet.

If you watch our HD services on satellite, I hope this change won't cause you any worry.

Alix Pryde is Director, BBC Distribution

SES (Paris:SESG)(LuxX:SESG) announced that the ASTRA 2F satellite has arrived at the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, where it will now be processed for launch aboard an Ariane V rocket. The launch is scheduled for 21st September 2012.

The ASTRA 2F satellite was designed and built for SES by EADS Astrium, a leading manufacturer of commercial satellites. It is a powerful six-ton satellite with a design lifetime of 15 years, built on the Eurostar E3000 platform.

The multi-mission satellite will be located at 28.2 degrees East and carry Ku- and Ka-band payloads for the delivery of high performance Direct-to-Home (DTH) and next generation broadband services in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

28.2 degrees East is one of SES´ prime orbital positions serving premium broadcasters, including BSkyB, the BBC, ITV and Channel 5. It delivers programming to almost 13 million satellite homes and over three million cable homes, as well as 700,000 IPTV homes in the UK and Ireland. In addition, 28.2 degrees East is used to broadcast numerous channels of growing DTH-platforms in sub-Saharan Africa.

ASTRA 2F will also feature a Ka-band payload that will further enhance SES´ Broadband service. SES Broadband today is Europe´s most popular satellite broadband system. The Ka-band payload will support an even higher quality of service and higher throughput.

ASTRA 2F is the first of a series of three satellites that will be positioned at the 28.2 degrees East neighbourhood in several steps between 2012 and 2014 to provide replacement capacity and enhanced capabilities at this orbital location. ASTRA 2E and ASTRA 2G are currently scheduled for launch in Q2 2013 and Q1 2014.

"ASTRA 2F has an important mission to ensure fleet continuity at 28.2 degrees East, well ahead of the end of life of the current ASTRA satellites located at this orbital position," said Martin Halliwell, Chief Technology Officer of SES. "We are pleased that ASTRA 2F has arrived at the launch base safely and we look forward to another successful launch in late September."
ASTRA 2F and freesat on Gran Alacant
ASTRA 2F will enable the delivery of next generation broadcast, VSAT and broadband services in Europe, Middle East and Africa, and will carry Ku- and Ka-band payloads at the prime orbital location of 28.2°East.
Satellite specialist Newtec today announced that they have successfully tested Newtec’s new high speed Ka-band technology for SES Broadband (previously called ASTRA2Connect) – Europe’s most successful satellite broadband service. Newtec has shipped well over 100.000 Ku-band Sat3Play® terminals for SES Broadband and is now providing the next generation Ka-band terminals for SES Broadband evolution, featuring download speeds beyond 10 Mbps.

The test was completed with next generation Ka-band Sat3Play terminals and related hub infrastructure. The new technology was tested on the ASTRA 1L Ka-band capacity at 19.2 degrees East.
“We have jointly tested and validated the Sat3Play Ka-band platform from Newtec with the objective of proving operational readiness for a rollout of SES Broadband Ka-band services later this year. The upgrade of existing end user terminals and the next generation Ka-band terminals, featuring speeds beyond 10 Mbps, are part of SES strategy to bring its successful broadband service to the next level. The test was very successful and we are pleased with the performance of the equipment. We look forward to the launch of our Ka-band services,” said Patrick Biewer, Managing Director, SES Broadband Services.
During testing, Newtec installed a Sat3Play hub at SES Broadband Services’ premises in Luxembourg, provided several Ka-band terminals working on Astra-1L Ka-band frequencies, and also provided the ability to remotely operate the Hub.
Serge Van Herck, CEO of Newtec, commented: “The testing has been a clear success. We have now completed the tests and look forward to the operational start of the SES Broadband Ka-band services later this year.”
SES Broadband currently offers download speeds up to 10 Mbps and delivers broadband Internet and Voice Over IP (VOIP) services to private households and small businesses. SES will further increase the performance of its service by using additional multiple spot beam Ka-band capacity that will become available onboard its ASTRA 2F, 2E and 2G spacecraft, with the first spacecraft, ASTRA 2F, scheduled for launch later in 2012.
At SATELLITE 2012, Newtec is presenting this new High Speed Ku/Ka-band Sat3Play terminal, including a new modem and a new Ka-band interactive LNB unit. The terminal features higher broadband forward and return speeds, the lowest power consumption available on the market and an easy installation tool based on Newtec’s Point&Play® technology.
In March 2012 SES Astra released the first predicted signal footprint maps for the Astra 2F stellite.
These footprint maps are the theoretical signal strengths. The real signal strengths may differ.
Astra 2F will have two beams providing UK TV. A Pan European beam and a UK Spot beam.
It is expected that channels on the Pan European beam should be available in Spain on an 80cm or 100cm satellite dish.
It is expected that channels on the UK Spot beam should be available in Spain on 2.4m satellite dish. Although as you can see this is not a certainty, as the UK Spot beam signal map does not give enough information for reception in Spain, and only gives an indication as to the signal strength covering the UK and the North of France.
You can expect that some of the main UK TV channels, will be located on the UK Spot beam and some on the Pan European beam in a similar way they were on the previous Astra 2D satellite, with a stronger signal.
european beam

european beam

uk spot beam

uk spot beam

SES S.A. and Astrium announced in December 2009 that SES has ordered four multi-mission satellites from Astrium to provide replacement as well as incremental capacity for its SES ASTRA and SES WORLD SKIES divisions.

The new satellites, to be designated Astra 2E, Astra 2F, Astra 2G and Astra 5B, will allow the release of the existing satellites at two orbital positions (28.2 and 31.5 degrees East) and add new capacity as well as fleet deployment flexibility for the SES group over the coming years. The satellites are scheduled for launch in several steps between 2012 and 2014. The design life of each satellite is 15 years.

The four new satellites will be built on a Eurostar-3000 platform.

Three of the new spacecraft, Astra 2E, Astra 2F and Astra 2G, will serve to deliver next generation broadcast, VSAT and broadband services in Europe and Africa, and will carry Ku-and Ka-band payloads at 28.2 degrees East.

The Ku-band capacity will allow SES ASTRA to enhance and secure its existing offering to major Direct-to-Home (DTH) markets in the UK and Ireland. With a Ku-band payload specifically designed to meet the requirements of some of Europe’s largest DTH broadcasters, the satellites will have spot beam and pan-European beam switching capabilities to accommodate both pay-TV and free-to-air broadcasters, and to provide these customers with increased functionality. The Ka-band payload will allow SES ASTRA to develop next generation broadband services in Europe, including its ASTRA2Connect product.

Astra 2E, Astra 2F and Astra 2G will also include replacement and new capacity for the SES WORLD SKIES division, serving the African and the Middle Eastern markets with Ku-and Ka-band capacity. The new capacity will provide continuity of service and expansion opportunities for customers that are today already using the Astra 2B steerable beam over West Africa, as well as for new customers

Astra 5B will be deployed at the orbital position 31.5 degrees East, extending SES ASTRA’s transponder capacity and geographical reach over Eastern European and neighboring markets for DTH, Direct-to-Cable (DTC) and contribution feeds to Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) networks.

Nation: Luxembourg
Type / Application: Communication (Direct Broadcasting)
Operator: SES-Astra
Contractors: EADS Astrium
Equipment: Ku- and Ka-band transponders
Configuration: Eurostar-3000
Propulsion: ?
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 15 years
Mass: 6000 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Astra 2E 2013 Ko ELA-3 Ariane-5ECA with ?
Astra 2F
Astra 2G
Astra 5B 2013 Ko ELA-3 Ariane-5ECA with ?
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