Azerspace-1 satellite to be deployed in Africa

Satellite mmntz flickr public domainAzerspace-1 will be used to provide satellite services to the African continent. (Image source: mmntz/Flickr)Under the Azerbaijan Ministry of Communications and High Technologies, Azercosmos OJSC, has signed a contract on the provision of telecommunications services

The deal will be between satellite operators DCS Telecom and Don Telecom, the company said on 7 November 2016. 

DCS Telecom and Don Telecom will use the facilities of the Azerspace-1 satellite to provide voice, data, video, mobile and network services to both Africa and the Middle East. 

The first telecommunications satellite of Azerbaijan, Azerspace-1, was launched on 8 February 2013, and provides a variety of services including digital television, VSAT multi-service networks ad governmental communications. The overall project cost around US$230mn. 

Azercosmos have recently signed contracts with Turkish radio channels Radyo Akman, Radyo Derman and Radyo Efsana to provide their broadcasting on the frequency 111027/H/7500 from 1 November. In addition, Azercosmos also signed a contract with two Georgian TV channels to provide their digital transmission. Moreover, the satellite is also to be used during emergency situations. 

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