Paksat-1R provides internet services across the Middle East

by Staff Reporter | October 20th, 2012

The Paksat-1R, launched on August 11, 2011, is offering data and internet services across the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.

Paksat-1R, Pakistan’s first communications satellite launched as part of Pakistan’s Space Programme-2040, is a geosynchronous communications satellite operated, managed, built, and controlled by Pakistan Space and Upper Research Commission (Suparco).

Talking to APP, Suparco spokesperson Hassam Khan said the satellite has a designated life of 15 years with initial targets to provide broadband, internet, digital television broadcasting, remote and rural telephony, emergency communications, tele-education and tele-medicine services across South and Central Asia, Eastern Europe, East Africa and the Far East.

He said the successful replacement of Paksat-1 with Paksat-1R ensured continuity of service to various national and international customers including, TV broadcasters, Telecom operators, data and broadband internet service providers as well as government organisations.

The Paksat-1R is operating from orbital location 38Ax East Longitude and is offering C and Ku-band coverage in more than 75 countries across Europe, Africa, Middle East, South and Central Asia, he said.

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