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Azercosmos starts a new phase of the provision of satellite services in Africa

by Brenda Lafeuillee

Baku, November 29, 2021 – Azercosmos announced that it has mutually agreed with the Malaysian operator “MEASAT SATELLITE SYSTEMS SDN. BHD” (MEASAT),  for Azercosmos to be the sole operator of  the  satellite  at  46° East orbital slot, Azerspace 1. Both parties decided to conclude the partnership to align with their new strategic direction in the space market.

Under the newly signed agreement with MEASAT, Azercosmos will utilize all of the C-Band capacity of Azerspace-1/AFRICASAT-1a,  to provide satellite services  throughout the African region.

The C-band capacity of Azerspace-1 ensures that in the African region,  Azercosmos  will enhance and protect the interests of hundreds of established services and millions of African end-users.

Azercosmos will ensure the continued seamless distribution of broadcasting, data, video, and audio services to more than 100 million African households, and the reliable provision of data connectivity in rural areas and emergency situations.

“Azercosmos is proud to continue its delivery of highly reliable satellites services that enable customers to expand their opportunities in Africa,” said Mark Guthrie, Chief Commercial Officer of Azercosmos.

About Azercosmos

Azercosmos is the premier satellite operator in the South Caucasus. Azerspace-1, the telecommunication satellite operated by Azercosmos, provides highly-reliable broadband and broadcast solutions to its customers in Europe, Africa, Middle East, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. The satellite was launched in February 2013 and is equipped with 24 C-band transponders and 12 Ku-band transponders and is located at 46° East longitude.  In December 2014, Azercosmos took over the rights to operate and commercialize Azersky, a high resolution (1.5m imagery products) optical Earth observation satellite and entered into the commercial business of Earth observation services, including Geo-Information services. The strategic development plans of the company included enhancing the coverage area and spectrum of satellite services. For this purpose, in 2018, Azercosmos launched its second telecommunications satellite Azerspace-2 in a geostationary orbit 45° East longitude. For more information, visit: www.azercosmos.com

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