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Nigeria sends communication satellite into space.

Last Updated: 5/14/2007 11:19:48 AM

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Nigeria collaborates with China to send communications satellite into space.....

NIGCOMSAT-1 launched from China yesterday.
NIGCOMSAT-1 launched from China yesterday.

Yesterday China successfully launched a communications satellite for Nigeria, both the satellite and the launch vehicle were Chinese built and this was the first time China has successfully sold such a service to a foreign buyer.

The Satellite was launched from the China's southwest Sichuan province and is expected to provide coverage across Africa, Middle East and Southern Europe. A high level delegation from Nigeria was present led by the Minister of Science and Technology Professor Turner Isoun.

The satellite is expected to go into operation later this year and has a life span of 15 years. Nigerian officials claim the satellite will create more than 150,000 jobs for Nigerians, save broadband users more than 95 million U.S. dollars a year, as well as providing Internet access to remote rural villages, and save more than 660 million U.S. dollars in phone call charges.

China beat 21 other bidders for the $311m contract to launch the satellite in 2004.This is the latest example of growing economic co-operation between China and Nigeria.

This is the second major satellite launch by Nigerian. In September 2003, NigeriaSat-1 was launched from Russia as part of Nigeria's contribution to the disaster monitoring constellation.


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