Afghanistan deploys its first satellite into orbit by February
By Ghanizada - Wed Jan 29 2014, 9:05 pm
Officials in the Ministry of Communications & Information Technology of Afghanistan (MCIT) announced Wednesday that the first satellite of Afghanistan will be deployed into orbit within the next one month.
Amirzai Sangin, Afghanistan’s Communications & Information Technology Minister, said Afghanistan for the first time will join the nations which have launched their own satellites into the orbit.
Mr. Sangin was speaking during the signing ceremony of Memorandum of Understanding with Eutelsat Communications, which will provide Afghanistan satellite resources that will enhance deployment of its national broadcasting and telecommunications infrastructure as well as its international connectivity.
According to Sangin, Eutelsat will deploy an in-orbit satellite from February 2014 to 48° East to deliver full national coverage and extensive reach of Central Asia and the Middle East, under the multi-year agreement.
He said the satellite will be officially called Afghansat 1 by the government of Afghanistan.
A wide range of services including broadcasting, mobile telephony backhaul and IP connectivity will be supported by the satellite (Afghansat 1), Sangin said.
He also added that an agreement was reached between the Eutelsat and the Ministry of Communications & Information Technology of Afghanistan to explore opportunities for long-term cooperation of transforming Afghanistan into an information society.