ISRO's 40th communication satellite, GSAT-31 was successfully launched onboard Ariane-5.
GSAT-31 has a mission life of 15 years and will replace insat satellite
Weighing 2,535 kg, GSAT-31 will be used for supporting VSAT networks, television uplinks, digital satellite news gathering, DTH television services, cellular back haul connectivity and many such applications.
GSAT-31 will also facilitate communication over large oceanic regions comprising Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean.
Saudi's geostationary satellite 1/hellas sat 4 (hs-4/sgs-1) was also successfully launched on-board Ariane-5. It will provide telecommunication capabilities including television, internet, telephone and secure communications in the Middle East, South Africa and Europe.
Hs-4/sgs-1 weighs 6,495 kg and will have a design life of more than 15 years.