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MoU inked on access to satellite infrastructure

MoU inked on access to satellite infrastructure

Jan 29, 2014 - 17:43

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Under an agreement signed on Wednesday, Afghanistaninfo-icon has received satellite resources that will enhance deployment of its national broadcasting, telecommunications infrastructure and international connectivity.

Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL), one of the worldinfo-icon’s leading satellite operators, and the Afghanistan Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) signed the memorandum of understanding.

Under the multiyear agreement, Eutelsat will deploy an in-orbit satellite from February 2014 to 48° east to deliver full national coverage and extensive reach of Central Asia and the Middle East, a press release said.

The satellite will be officially called AFGHANSAT 1, reflecting the country’s entry into the commercial satellite business. It will support a wide range of services including broadcasting, mobile telephony backhaul and IP connectivity.

Commenting on the agreement, MCIT Minister Eng. Amir Zai Sangin said: “AFGHANSAT 1 is a new milestone in the development of the ICT sector in Afghanistan, which in the last 12 years has already seen mobile telephony coverage of 88% and penetration grow from zero to 75% through the licensing of six operators, ICT sector employment provided for more than 138,000 people and more than $2.1 billion invested in the national economy.”

He went on to say: “We are very happy to partner with Eutelsat on AFGHANSAT 1 which will provide access to ICT and broadcast services to Afghans, especially in unserved areas, and support our vision of transforming Afghanistan into an information societyinfo-icon.”

Speaking at the signing ceremony at the MCIT in Kabul, Michel de Rosen, chairman and CEO of Eutelsat, said: “This MOU represents the fastest and most effective route to accessing infrastructure configured to deliver full coverage of Afghanistan and surrounding regions.”


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