Egypt prepares to launch a new satellite to speed up the internet

The Egyptian Satellite Company announced

the start of preparations for the launch of the “Nilesat 301” satellite to replace Nilesat 201, which expires in 2028.

In its press release, the company announced that it had set June 7 or 8 as the date for the launch of the satellite from the US state of Florida.

This happened after the end of the test operations which followed the transfer of the Egyptian satellite from the headquarters of the Thales group in France, where it was manufactured, to its launch base, Cape Canaveral in Florida, in the United States.

The company explained that the satellite comprises 38 channels, compared to 26 channels in the current “Nilesat 201”, and that it was due to be launched in early 2022, had it not been for the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic which disrupted its launch. after the manufacturing process took two and a half years.

The company said the new satellite will cover countries stretching from South Africa to the Nile Basin countries with the aim of improving communication between the people of the continent.

The capabilities of the new satellite will include the provision of broadband Internet services in Egypt.

The company said negotiations are underway with Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan to broaden and deepen strategic cooperation with key entities operating in the field of television broadcasting.