Viasat 11.3m Satellite Antenna installed at the MBS teleport in Usingen, Germany.

Viasat 11.3m Satellite Antenna installed at the MBS teleport in Usingen, Germany

Skybrokers delivered and installed its second largest antenna in history, an used and refurbished ViaSat 11.3m Earth Station Antenna at Media Broadcast Satellite Teleport in Usingen, Germany. The installation was successfully performed by a three member project and installation team and took 3 weeks in July 2017.

Media Broadcast Satellite (MBS) in Usingen near Frankfurt, Germany, is one of the world’s largest teleport operators. It has successfully been implementing and operating communication solutions for globally active customers since the 1970’s. The company offers tailor-made solutions for the areas of broadcast, data, teleport and data centers.

MBS can reach satellites between 76° East and 60° West through more than 135 antennas in the Ku-, Ka- and C-band, and operates a NOC 24/7/365.

The area of 140 hectares of today’s Earth Station was used as an ammunition depot and field airfield during World War II. After the war, the site was taken over by what was then the Deutsche Bundespost and a shortwave station was built in 1955. In 1979 the first parabolic antenna was built. It has a diameter of 18.3 meters. Two further antennas, each 19.5 meters in diameter, followed in the early 1980s.

The Earth Station was built by the Deutsche Bundespost and has been in operation since 1977. In 2008 it was taken over by the French broadcaster TDF, who sold it on to three senior managers of the facility in 2019 in a management buy-out.

In mid-2015, Media Broadcast, GmbH outsourced the operation of the Earth Station and the entire satellite business to its own subsidiary, Media Broadcast Satellite, GmbH. that became independent In 2016.


Viasat Inc. provides high-technology networking and signal processing equipment and services for broadband digital satellite and other wireless communications. In fiscal 2002, defense-related contracts accounted for about two-thirds of the company’s business, with commercial contracts accounting for the remaining third.

Skybrokers offers for almost 10 years ViaSat Earth Station Antennas, new as well as used. We can provide turnkey solutions, refurbishment and upgrades. We have supported several clients with new and used antennas as well as antenna parts. We have installed over the years many antennas such as the ViaSat 6.1m, the Viasat 7.3m, 9.1m and 11.3m C-band antennas.