On December 21, 2016 at 20:30 UTC the “Ariane-5ECA” rocket-carrier was launched from Kourou Cosmodrome in French Guiana. The rocket orbited the “Star One-D1” and the ”JCSat-15” telecommunications satellites. The “Star One-D1” satellite, owned by Embratel Star One of Brazil, will support video and radio broadcasters, Internet service providers and direct-to-home television programming, satellite telephone calls, and high-speed data transmissions over Brazil, Mexico and other parts of Latin America. The “JCSat-15” satellite, operated by Tokyo-based SKY Perfect JSAT Corp., will cover Japan and neighboring countries in the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean regions and will broadcast pay television channels for SKY PerfecTV service, which counts 3.4 million subscribers in Japan, and enable data transfer and maritime and aviation connectivity. Both satellites were made by US Space Systems/Loral.