Franco-Italian aerospace manufacturer to supply Nepal with telecommunication satellite

Published On: March 12, 2019 12:00 PM NPT

KATHMANDU, March 12: The Nepal Telecommunications Authority and Thales Alenia Space have signed an agreement to build a national satellite telecommunication system for Nepal, according to Space Newsfeed.

The agreement follows the Letter of Intent previously signed on March 5 in Paris by the Minister of Communication & Information Technology of Nepal, Gokul Prasad Baskota, and the Secretary of State to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne.

The C/Ku Band satellite is set to be launched by 2022 and positioned at 123.3° E orbital slot reserved for Nepal by International Telecommunication Union. It will be based on the SpaceBus National Satellite System solution developed by Thales Alenia Space.

The satellite will aim 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. It will also help to reduce the digital divide, especially in the underserved rural areas.

“It is a privilege for Thales Alenia Space to have been selected by Nepal Telecommunications Authority for providing its national satellite. We believe the project will be a key asset to bridge the digital divide and a strong vector of economic growth. We are also thrilled to embark into this long term cooperation with Nepal and support the country develop its space capabilities and services for the benefit of all its citizens” Eric Imbert, Sales Vice-President for Thales Alenia Space said.

Gokul Prasad Baskota, added: “To successfully compete with other countries, to give high speed internet to all our citizens and to be recognized regionally, we want Nepal to accelerate its pace on the way to digitization. No one must be left behind on this path. Our National Satellite will help us jump into a better future. We found in Thales Alenia Space an impressive expertise and a strong partnership spirit that match our ambition to be self-dependent, make self-identity in space technology and to pace towards prosperity of digital Nepal.”

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