Angola: The first national satellite, AngoSat-1, will finally be put into orbit in December 2017

In an interview with Xinhua last week, Manuel Homem, Director General of the National Institute for the Promotion of the Information Society in Angola (INPSIA) AngoSat-1 will be launched in December 2017. Last February, José Carvalho da Rocha, the minister of telecommunications and information technology, announced it for the third quarter of 2017.

Manuel Homem explained that the government is placing great hopes in this telecoms infrastructure, the additional transmission capacities it will bring to improve inter alia the telecom services, accelerate the establishment of specialized services such as telemedicine and telemedicine, Distance Learning. He added that the satellite that will cover part of Africa and Europe, could also generate economic spinoffs in Angola by selling its services in local currency.

Pending the effective launch of AngoSat-1, Infrasat Telecommunicações, a company to which the Angolan government has entrusted the management of the satellite, is already marketing its transmission capabilities since last July to companies wishing to reserve bandwidth for the use, once the satellite is launched. The company has already signed an agreement with Angola’s public television and Renatelsat, operator in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

AngoSat-1, acquired from the consortium formed by RSC Energia, Telecom-Projecto 5 and Rosoboronexport, will be launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on a Ukrainian rocket. The 15-year infrastructure, worth more than US $ 300 million, was financed in part by the Russian state-owned Ruseximbank. Its construction, begun in 2015, has been overseen by the Interministerial Commission for the General Coordination of the National Space Program and the National Space Program Management Office (GGPEN), created in 2013.

Source: Agence Ecofin