Communications and IT Ministry: Azerbaijani own satellite to reduce tariffs on communication services

ICT Materials 29 May 2010 14:40 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, May 29 / Trend H. Valiyev /

Azerbaijani Azerspace telecommunications satellite is designed to provide digital broadcasting, Internet access, data transmission, a multi-service networks VSAT, as well as governmental communications, the Communications and IT Ministry Telecommunications Department Chief Adviser Gulam Abdullayev told Trend.

Abdullayev said that the presence of its own telecommunications satellite will affect a substantial reduction of tariffs for telecommunication services provided by operators.

Azerspace satellite will be equipped with 24 transponders C band (frequency band 4 - 6 GHz) and 12 transponders Ku - band (frequency band 11-13 GHz). The satellite will be placed in orbital position 46 degrees east longitude. The term of the satellite in orbit will be up to 20 years.

Azerspace's service area includes Europe, Central Asia and Africa.

Demand for satellite systems will form about 1,700 Mbit / s for the next 15 years, the Communication and IT Ministry said.

Capacity of used satellite systems in Azerbaijan hits 120 Mbit / s. Their significant part is used in VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) but the rest part is used for the needs of TV and radio channels.

Part of the international and long-distance communication is carried out via satellite channels that are integral part of TV and radio channels.

The implementation of the project to launch a national satellite Azerspace will allow introducing new technologies in space systems of telecommunication and communication, including the access to the Internet, as well as provide informational independence and form single information sphere.

According to the international practice, renting of 6-8 transponders cost about $9-10 million a year.

At present, Azerbaijan annually spends millions of dollars to rent transponders of foreign satellites for communication and broadcasting. Launching of a national satellite will solve the problem. The payback period is about five-seven years.

About 112 million manat is planned to spent for its creation.

The future plans of the ministry include expansion of satellite stations for the development of DVB-S standard (Digital Video Broadcasting - Satellite), which is a fast, reliable and economical way to deliver TV signal of high quality to any part of the vast space under the state program on development of space industry.