Mexico plans to launch a new satellite designed to provide communications services to unserved rural and remote areas in the first half of 2014, BNamericas reports. It is understood that the satellite, which will be known as ‘Centenario’, is being constructed by Boeing and will operate using the L band (1500MHz-1600MHz) with a lifespan of 15 years. Centenario will have two control stations, one in Iztapalapa in Mexico City and the other in Hermosillo in the state of Sonora, with these expected to provide broadband and voice-over-IP (VoIP) connectivity.
Centenario will be the second of three satellites to be launched by the Mexican government as part of its MXN21 billion (USD2.18 billion) Mexsat programme. The state launched the first, ‘Mexsat Bicentenario’, in December 2013, with that satellite having the capacity to provide services to some 60,000 schools. By comparison, Centenario is expected to have the capacity to provide around 150,000 devices with broadband connectivity, or connect two million voice users.