Angola has launched its second telecommunications satellite, Angosat-2, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
The satellite was launched aboard the Proton-M Blok DM-03 rocket, a four-stage Russian heavy-lift launch vehicle.
This launch brings Africa’s satellite count to 49, including five so far this year alone.
Angosat-2 was developed in Russia by Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems Company and is designed to have a lifespan of 15 years.
The new satellite cost Angola absolutely nothing, due to an insurance deal struck for Angosat-1, the country’s first-ever satellite, which failed shortly after reaching orbit.
Angosat-2 will serve as a geostationary communications satellite, focusing on Southern Africa. It will provide a total of 13GB bandwidth to areas in its range.
The satellite is owned and operated by the Angola Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology. According to Minister Mário Augusto da Silva Oliveira, Angola also intends to invest in national broadband infrastructure through submarine and terrestrial fibre optics.