Japan's Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications has said that 25 companies have applied for licences to broadcast on the next-generation N-SAT-110 communications satellite (CS), which launched from French New Guinea on October 7.
The ministry expects to receive about 30 to 40 applications in total and will announce the successful candidates in December. The satellite starts operating in the second half of next year. It will orbit in the same slot as the digital broadcast satellite that begins regular broadcasts on December 1, offering mostly free-to-air services including five new stations backed by Japan's private terrestrial networks.
Among companies that have applied for CS licences are: