Angosat-1 launching in 3Q17 to save local telcos a packet

6 Feb 2017

Angola will launch its first satellite, Angosat-1, in the third quarter of this year, telecoms minister Jose Carvalho da Rocha confirmed, in a statement reported by Agence Ecofin. The official stated that both the satellite and its Angolan control centre are ‘ready’, whilst local technicians are currently undergoing training. The Russian-provided satellite, with a 15-year lifespan, will replace leased bandwidth on other regional satellites currently used by Angola. According to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Angolan telecoms companies currently spend approximately over USD30 million per month renting foreign satellite capacity, whilst the implementation of the Angosat-1 project will ‘attempt to address some of the most challenging problems in communication access: prices, connecting Angolan cities and provinces across a large landmass, where copper or fibre telecommunication networks would be cost prohibitive.’