Azercosmos, the satellite operating company of the Government of Azerbaijan, announced that it had entered an agreement with the Malaysian operator, MEASAT Satellite Systems, for Azercosmos to be the sole operator of the Azerspace 1 satellite at 46° East orbital slot. In addition, 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 utilise all of the C-Band capacity of Azerspace-1/AFRICASAT-1a to provide satellite services throughout Africa. Furthermore, the C-band capacity of Azerspace-1 ensures that Azercosmos enhance and protect the interests of hundreds of established services and millions of African end-users. Also, Azercosmos will provide the continued seamless distribution of broadcasting, data, video, and audio services to over 100 million African households and the reliable provision of data connectivity in rural areas and emergencies.
Commenting on the agreement with MEASAT, Azercosmos’ Chief Commercial Officer, Mark Guthrie, said, “Azercosmos is proud to continue its delivery of highly reliable satellites services that enable customers to expand their opportunities in Africa”.
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, the 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 commercialise Azersky, a high resolution (1.5m imagery products) optical Earth observation satellite. As a result, they entered into the commercial business of Earth observation services, including Geo-Information services. In addition, the company’s strategic development plans 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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