Rwanda to launch communications satellite this year

24 Jan 2019

Rwanda is to get its first dedicated communications satellite by the end of this year – a full year earlier than originally planned. A report from Agence Ecofin says that the satellite, which is being deployed jointly by the government of Rwanda, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Japan Space Agency (JAXA), is expected to be in orbit by May this year. The platform will be used to improve rural connectivity, to assist with weather tracking and military communications.