28 Nov Angola: Five African countries have already reserved data capacity on the Angosat-1 satellite
The number of African countries that have already made a reservation of data capacity on Angosat-1, the first Angolan telecommunications satellite, which is scheduled to be launched next December, has increased from one to five in four months space.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, which had been the first subscriber in July 2017 via operator Renatelsat, Mozambique, Lesotho, Congo and Togo were added.
According to Emilia Dias, the executive director of the commercial division of Infrasat, the company in charge of satellite capacity management, negotiations are under way with Belgium. She said that data capacity bookings mainly concern the telecommunications, media, defense and security, oil and services sectors. In all, 65% of the data capacity of Angosat-1 is already sold.
At the press conference on 6 July, Diogo de Carvalho, General Manager of the company Infrasat explained that customers of Angosat-1 could pay their bills in Kwanza. This will facilitate payments and avoid potential currency difficulties for companies.
Source: Agence Ecofin