LAHORE (Staff Report) – Many of Pakistan’s television channels including state-run PTV faced a complete blackout on Tuesday after an error with satellite network.

The TV channels including PTV, Capital TV, Dawn News, Channel 24, 92 News, Ab Tak, Apna, Channel 5, Waqt News, Neo Network, Dunya TV and others went ddark for over an hour due to the error with PakSat-1R.

However the transmission was restored after the glitch was removed.

PakSat-1R (or PakSat-1 Replacement) is an advanced geosynchronous and communications satellite that is manufactured and operated by the Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (Suparco), an executive space authority of the government of Pakistan.


PAKSAT-1R was launched on 11 August 2011 aboard China’s Long March 3B (CZ-3B) Satellite Launch Vehicle from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in China’s Sichuan Province.

The satellite has a design life of 15 years with initial goals to provide broadband internet access, digital television broadcasting, remote and rural telephony, emergency communications, tele-education and tele-medicine services across South and Central Asia, Eastern Europe, East Africa and the Far East.