In the context of the Federal Target Program “Development of TV & Radio broadcasting in the Russian Federation for 2009 – 2015” RSCC, the national satellite communications operator of Russia, has proceeded to distribution of the first multiplex programs over the broadcasting zones A and B (Siberia and the Far East).
The digital program package includes all-Russian public compulsory TV & Radio communications channels approved by the Russian President's decree No. 715 of June 24, 2009.
According to the transmission scheme, the MPEG4 digital program package has been formed in the RSCC’ Shabolovka Technical Center and transmitted via terrestrial fiber optical communications lines into RSCC’ Satellite Communications Center “Bear Lakes” (Moscow Region). Further on, the first multiplex program package has been transmitted via Express-MD1 (80 East) satellite into RSCC’ Satellite Communications Center “Khabarovsk” (Khabarovsk Region), from where it has been uplinked to the Express-AM3 satellite (140 East) and distributed to the broadcasting zones A and B (the Far East and Siberia).
“At present, one of the main priorities of RSCC’ activity is meeting the provisions of the Federal Target Program “Development of TV & Radio broadcasting in the Russian Federation for 2009 – 2015”- emphasized Yuri Prokhorov, RSCC’ Acting Director General. Obviously, the territory of our country cannot be covered by multi-program digital broadcasting without new spacecraft. That is why, we pay special attention to developing advanced heavy spacecraft, three of which are under production now. Such approach allows us to successfully challenge the problem of conversing to digital TV posed by Dmitry Medvedev, the President of Russia, in his address to the Federal Assembly of 12 November 2009.”