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    Ethiopia closes in on communication satellite

    APA-Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

    Ethiopia is considering launching a communication satellite in the near future should it secure approval from the Global Satellite Agency, an official said on Friday.

    Addis Ababa is waiting for a response from the agency for the request it submitted a year ago to launch a communication satellite, Mohammed Edris, information communication director at National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) of Ethiopia told journalists.

    The National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) of Ethiopia and Eutelsat, the French-based satellite provider signed an agreement that enables the latter to provide pre and post satellite launch consultancy services.

    Ethiopia will pay € 13 million for Eutelsat, one of the leading communications satellite operators in the world.

    The communication satellite which Ethiopia planned to launch will be used for telecommunication and TV broadcast service, Mohammed said

    Ethiopia spends over $44 million to rent satellite and the project, therefore, helps the country to save this money.

    Moreover, it allows the country to make secured information transfer and rent out satellite for other countries, he added.

    Ethiopia began the process to launch a satellite two years ago, becoming one African country with growing space ambitions.

    Four African countries, including Egypt and South Africa have their own communication satellite.


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