Eutelsat Communications and the Afghanistan Ministry of Communications & Information Technology (MCIT) have signed an MOU giving Afghanistan satellite resources that will enhance deployment of its national broadcasting and telecommunications infrastructure as well as its international connectivity.
Under the multi-year agreement, Eutelsat will deploy an in-orbit satellite from February 2014 to 48° East to deliver full national coverage and extensive reach of Central Asia and the Middle East. The satellite will be officially called Afghansat 1 by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, reflecting Afghanistan’s entry into the commercial satellite business.
Afghansat 1 will support a wide range of services including broadcasting, mobile telephony backhaul and IP connectivity. Eutelsat and the MCIT have also agreed on exploring opportunities for longer-term cooperation.
of transforming Afghanistan into an information society.”