August 25, 2008

Angola to Launch “Angosat” Communications Satellite

Text of report in English by Angolan state-owned news agency Angop website on 24 August

The government of Angola has formalized, through an announcement in the State Gazette of last 15 July, the project of creating the Angolan satellite dubbed "Angosat", including its production, launch and operation.

Angop learnt on Saturday [23 August], from decision included in the First Series No 130 of this official organ, that the project also includes the creation of human resources and infrastructures.

The referred document also approves the contracts for the construction, placing in orbit and operation of the Angosat satellite, signed between the Ministry of Post Office and Telecommunication and the state-run federal unit firm "Rosoboronexport", in representation of the consortium of Russian companies, estimated at 327.6m US dollars.

The project takes into consideration that the characteristics of the national territory, especially its dimension and population density, linked to the need of harmonizing the economic growth, even in the most remote zones of the country, demands a short- and mid- term satellite telecommunication infrastructure.

It also takes into account the growing demand for resources of transmission by satellite, due to the Angolan state's engagement in the creation of conditions that turn the country into an active member of the information society through the growing use of information technologies that demand broad band system.

Originally published by Angop news agency website, Luanda, in Portuguese 1605 24 Aug 08.

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