Astra 2B Satellite Signal Footprint Map
The Astra 2B satellite launched on 14th September 2000. Astra 2A was deployed at was located at 28.2° east. Astra 2B satellite was designed with 30 Ku band transponders, although this would be reduced to 28 as the satellite aged.
The Astra 2B satellite has two beams, or spot beams, for the UK – a North beam and a South Beam. The satellite provides two broadcast beams, each with horizontal and vertical polarisation, across two footprints – 2B North (covering central Europe and Scandinavia) and 2B South (covering Central Europe and the Iberian peninsula and Canary Islands)
The satellite TV channels that are transmitted from the north beam frequencies may not be available on all satellite dishes 24/7. In fact, even on big 2.4m satellite dishes, these north beam frequencies can be difficult to receive all day.
A third, steerable beam provides 8 transponders for Internet and telecommunications services in West Africa.
The maps below show the official signal footprints. They are not 100% accurate, but do give an indication of the required satellite dish size for reception of many UK TV channels.
Astra 2B Satellite Signal Footprint Map – North Beam
Astra 2B Satellite Signal Footprint Map – South Beam