There are plenty of highly competitive suppliers of satellite capacity operating above Romania, but now the country wants its own craft. Razvan Cotovelea, minister for Communication and Information Society in the Romanian government, says it intends to acquire a satellite which would offer communication services for both the private and public sectors.
“We will start planning its development by the end of the year or in the first semester of next year: we will decide what kind of satellite we need, what kind of capacity it will have and what costs it entails. We want it to be profitable, we don’t just want to be able to say that Romania has its own satellite,” said the minister.
The minister added that as was the case in Azerbaijan, it would take 3-4 years to place a satellite of average capacity in orbit. “Depending on performance, a satellite costs between several dozens and several hundreds of euro” Cotovelea added.