Bulcatcom is a satellite TV, internet & mobile operator and was founded in 2000 as the first DVB-C operator in Bulgaria. The company is headquartered in Sofia and has operations in Stara Zagora. Since 2009 it has entered the Internet service provisioning market and since 2015 the company also provides 4G LTE mobile data services. Currently Bulsatcom has the largest number pay-tv subscribers in Bulgaria and has added in late 2015 IPTV services to its product portfolio.

Bulgaria Sat, an affiliate of Bulsatcom, planned to launch its own satellite, BulgariaSat-1 by the end of 2016 but was rescheduled for Q1 2017. The Satellite was constructed by Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) and will be launched by SpaceX launch operator.

Bulgaria is the latest nation on a lengthening list of countries that are now building and launching national telecommunications satellites.

BulgariaSat-1 Satellite

BulgariaSat-1 will provide direct-to-home television and data communications services to the Balkans and other European regions. The satellite will be equipped with two Ku-band FSS transponders and 30 Ku-band BBS transponders for fixed satellite and advanced TV services, such as HDTV.

The manufacturing of satellite started in 2014 and was awarded to SS/L based in the Palo Alto, CA USA.

SS/L assisted Bulsatcom’s subsidiary Bulgaria Sat in obtaining all of the financing for the satellite, including export credit financing from the Export-Import Bank of the United States.  BulgariaSat-1 is based on the space-proven SSL 1300 satellite platform that provides the flexibility for a broad range of applications and technology advances.  It is designed to deliver service for 15 years or more.

Bulsatcom currently uses Greece based Hellas-Sat satellite Hellas-Sat 2 to transmit its digital TV signal but the satellite's projected lifespan is about to end in 2017-2018.

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Orbital Position: 2° E
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 24-June-17
Launch Operator: SpaceX
Launch vehicle: Falcon 9
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Note: BulgariaSat-1 will provide DTH and telecommunication services to the Balkans and other European countries.

Note: Launch Operator SpaceX used a refurbished booster to launch BulgariaSat-1 from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida and brought it back again from space by landing the booster on their droneship 'Offcourse I still Love You' in the Atlantic Ocean.

YouTube: Watch the launch of BulgariaSat-1 satellite by SpaceX!