Afghanistan seeks satellite partner

12 Apr 2012

The Afghanistan Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (ATRA) has issued a tender for the country’s first communications satellite in an effort to improve rural broadcast coverage and boost internet access, reports Rapid TV News. ATRA intends to make its ITU-allocated orbital slot at 50 degrees East available to an international partner to support both private and public communications services. The Minister of Communication and Information Technology, Amir Zai Sangin said that Afghanistan’s limited internet connectivity would be greatly improved by a national satellite, adding that: ‘It’s our priority to solve broadcasting issues and bring all our districts under coverage.’ Further, it was claimed that the orbiter would both help support a shift from analogue to digital television transmission (DTT) – required worldwide by the ITU in 2015.