According to media reports, Angola’s telecommunications satellite Angosat-2 is scheduled to launch in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, on October 12, 2022.
Authorities say the Angosat project calls for developing a communications satellite with C- and Ku-band transponders, its launch into a geostationary orbit and setting the ground communication and TV broadcasting infrastructure.
Mario Oliveira, the Minister of Telecommunications, Information Technologies and Social Communication in Angola, indicated that with this project, the Angola government intends to reduce digital exclusion in the country and the continent as a whole, through the expansion of telecommunication services to the most remote areas of the nation at competitive prices.
The minister explained that the satellite includes services covering the African continent, mainly the southern region, and a significant part of southern Europe.
Weighing two tonnes, Angosat-2 is a High-Throughput Satellite (HTS) that will provide 13 gigabytes in each illuminated region and be based on the Eurostar-3000 platform and have a design life span of 15 years.
According to the minister, the Russia-made AngoSat-2 satellite will replace Angosat-1, the first Angolan satellite launched in December 2017.