Türksat Satellite Communications and Cable TV Operations is the communications satellite operator in Turkey. It was founded on 21 December 1990 as a government company named Türksat Milli Haberleşme Uyduları (Türksat National Communications Satellites) in Gölbaşı, Ankara Province, eventually also incorporating the satellite services of Türk Telekomünikasyon A.Ş. and becoming Türksat A.Ş. on 22 July 2004. Türksat A.Ş. also owns 100% of the shares of Eurasiasat S.A.M., jointly established as a spin-off company with Aérospatiale in 1996 to manufacture and launch Türksat-2A (Eurasiasat-1) in 2001. Türksat has its satellite operations located at the Gölbaşı Earth Station in Ankara.
Türksat Corporation was established in June 2004 by the Telegram and Telephone Act. Accordingly, it started to operate satellites in orbit positions and to perform commercial operations on 22nd July 2004 governed by the provisions of the Turkish Trade Act and the private law.
Satellite Telecommunication Group Chief Engineering was established within the structure of the General Directorate of Post Telephone Telegram (PTT). Also that year Turksat became a member of the Intelsat (International Organization for Telecommunication via Satellites) Organization. In the same year, the first telephone channels through the satellites were established by utilizing the ground stations of Yugoslavia and Iran.
The first satellite ground station AKA-1 (Ankara-1) was put into service by the establishment of 11 telephone channels with England. By putting the AKA-1 into service, communication was established with 13 countries by using the Atlantic Region satellites through Intelsat.
The fiber optic cable which increased the channel capacity in the telecommunication was installed underground for the first time between Ankara (Ulus) – Gölbaşı Satellite Ground Center, and the system of 140 Mb/s in the wave length of 1310 nm was put into service.
AKA-2 ground station operating with the Eutelsat system was put into service.
A video conference through a satellite system was performed in Europe for the first time in the country.
'Türksat National Telecommunication Satellites' contract was signed with the French Aérospatiale (Airbus Defense & Space) Company .
Türksat-1B was launched located successfully in the orbit of 42° East.
Türksat-1B entered into service following the orbit tests.
Turkey’s second satellite Türksat-1C was launched into the space and located in the orbit of 31.3° E.
The association contract of the Eurasiasat established with the partnership of the Aérospatiale (Airbus Defense & Space) that manufactured the Türksat satellites and the Turkish Telecom was signed.
The Company started operation to be responsible for the construction of the Türksat-2A satellite and the marketing of its services under the name of the Eurasiasat S.A.M.
Türksat-2A (Eurasiasat-1) satellite manufactured by the Eurasiasat Company established with the partnership of the Turkish Telecom and Aérospatiale (Airbus Defense & Space) was launched into the space by Arianespace with the Ariane 4 rocket from the Kourou Base in South America.
Türksat Corporation was established
13 June 2008
Türksat-3A satellite was launched on 13 June 2008 at 01:05 from the French Guyana by Arianespace with the Ariane 5 rocket, and it was located in the orbit of 42.0° East.