Thales awards a contract to build the telecommunication satellite project for Nepal
- March 12, 2019
Thales Alenia Space has received a contract from the Nepal Telecommunications Authority to build the national satellite telecommunication system for Nepal.
This very high-performance C/Ku Band satellite, yet to be named by Nepal, is to be launched by 2022 and to be positioned at the 123.3° E orbital slot reserved for Nepal by ITU. It will be based on the SpaceBus National Satellite System solution developed by Thales Alenia Space.
The main mission is to make high-speed internet available throughout Nepal, spearheading services such as telemedicine, e-learning, e-government, disaster management, information technologies, agriculture, tourism, hydropower and other value-added services, along with the provisions of Direct-to-Home television and mobile phone backhauling. The ubiquitous and versatile communication services provided by the satellite are primarily targeted at reducing the digital divide, especially in the underserved rural areas.