Brazilian long-distance and data services provider Embratel has launched its Star One C1 satellite for telephony, television, internet and radio services, reports BNamericas citing a company statement. The new orbiter will replace the operator’s existing Brasilsat B2 satellite and is the first of three so-called ‘C Series’ satellites it plans to launch. Embratel, backed by Mexico’s Telmex group, is investing BRL1 billion (USD578 million) in the satellite, which was built by Alcatel Space in France. The C1 satellite will occupy its predecessor’s 65ºW orbit, but will offer almost double the B2’s capacity, with 28 C-band transponders, 16 Ku-band transponders and one in the X-band. The C2 orbiter is scheduled for launch in February 2008.