Angola to have its own satellite by 2011; cellco increases sat capacity

22 Nov 2007

Angola has ordered its own communications satellite to be built by Russian firms. The Russian aerospace agency and Rosoboronexport, the state company handling Russian arms exports, have agreed to cooperate on building a satellite and an earth station, as well as train local technicians, by 2011. Elsewhere, satellite capacity provider Intelsat announced a new customer agreement with Angolan cellco MSTelcom, to extend GSM coverage. MSTelcom, a subsidiary of Sonangol Holdings, expects to use Intelsat satellite capacity to provide transmission services for GSM operations, as part of efforts to rebuild telecoms infrastructure ravaged by civil war.