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Egypt’s Nilesat 201 satellite launched successfully

By , ITWeb
Egypt , 24 Jun 2013

Egypt’s Nilesat 201 satellite launched successfully

Egypt’s telecommunications services and digital broadcasting satellite Nilesat 201, which is planned to serve the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), has been successfully launched.

An Egyptian government report released today says the launch took place last week Wednesday from a base in French Guiana, Latin America.

Egyptian officials say the satellite meets technical needs for the coming 15 years. Nilesat 201 replaces Nilesat 101, which was launched into orbit in 1998 by Egypt.

Nilesat 201 is further planned to cover the entire Arab region, the Middle East, southern Europe, southern Sudan and the Nile sources, government officials have said.

Meanwhile, the satellite is set to allow capacity for 500 channels in addition to the current 560 ones in operation now, said Egypt’s information minister Anas el-Fikki.

The minister also said that the the new satellite needs around 10 days to be fixed on its final orbit.

Nilesat 201 was built by Thales Alenia Space and weighed around 3,000 kg at launch, says Egypt’s government. The satellite is fitted with 24 Ku-band transponders and 3 Ka-band transponders to provide direct TV broadcast services throughout the Middle East.

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