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The PAKSAT-1R Satellite print

The role of communication satellite is very much important in the development of any country. Pakistan satellite programme was initiated in 1983 and submitted Advanced Publication of Information (API) for PAKSAT-1 at 38°E in 1993. The first communications satellite of Pakistan, PAKSAT-1R was successfully launched in August, 2011 using Satellite Launch Vehicle of China from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre. PAKSAT-1R Satellite has a total capacity of 30 transponders, 12 in C-Band and 18 in Ku-Band. The satellite was deployed at 38ºE in the Geo-stationary orbit (GSO) replacing the existing satellite PAKSAT-1 originally leased from M/S Hughes in 2002. PAKSAT-1R Satellite has a design life of 15 years and will provide TV broadcasting, internet and data communication services across South and Central Asia, Eastern Europe, East Africa and the Far East. PAKSAT-1R also enabled extending communication services to all areas of Pakistan. The manufacturing and launching contract of PAKSAT-1R Satellite was signed between Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) and China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) in October 2008 during the visit of the President of Pakistan to China. China and Pakistan have enjoyed more than 20 years of cooperation in Space Science, Technology and Applications. The launch of PAKSAT-1R Satellite was indeed a major milestone in the history of Pakistan. FAB is the designated notifying Administration of Pakistan for PAKSAT Satellite Networks at International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and is the focal point for all 193 Member States of ITU. FAB has played significant role in the frequency coordination of PAKSAT-1R Satellite Network as per the applicable ITU-R Radio Regulations. For further details, visit www.paksat.com.pk