Raduga TV puts Kazakh card activations on hold

Russian satellite pay TV operator Raduga TV has put the commericalisation of its service in Kazakhstan on hold until next year until the launch of the ABS-2 satellite.

Raduga TV offers a pay TV package via the ABS-1 satellite at 75° East. However, the operator has ceased activation of new smartcards in Kazakhstan due to the need for improved reception. Raduga TV said it would continue to support existing customers ahead of the launch of the new satellite, scheduled for the second quarter of 2013.