Eutelsat Signs Multi-Year Agreement with Afghanistan MCIT

Michel de Rosen. Photo: Eutelsat

Michel de Rosen. Photo: Eutelsat

[Via Satellite 01-29-2014] Eutelsat Communications has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Afghanistan Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), giving the country satellite resources to enhance deployment of its national broadcasting and telecommunications infrastructure and its international connectivity.

Eutelsat will deploy the satellite Afghansat 1 in February, delivering full national coverage and extensive reach of Central Asia and the Middle East.

“This MOU represents the fastest and most effective route to accessing infrastructure configured to deliver full coverage of Afghanistan and surrounding regions. It enables Afghanistan to scale up capacity as and when needed and to offer broadcasters, telcos and ISPs the immediate benefit of resources providing exceptional reach and performance,” said Michel de Rosen, chairman and CEO of Eutelsat.

  • Salim Mehmud

    The question is: Does the country have the capacity and the ground infrastructure to gain effectively from the proposed communication satellite? There is long lead time to achieve the first two prerequisites and for obvious reasons both must precede the launching of the expensive communication platform in space.

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