A Suparco spokesman announced that the Paksat-1R communications satellite is ready to offer data and satellite Internet services across the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia.
In a recent interview with APP, Suparco spokesperson Hassam Khan said Paksat-1R replaces the older Paksat-1 satellite. The new platform provides coverage for South and Central Asia, Eastern Europe, East Africa, and the Far East. It will serve various national and international customers such as government organizations, satellite TV broadcasters, Telecom operators, Data and Broadband Internet service providers, and the like.
Spokesperson Khan added that Paskat-1 extends its satellite, broadcast, and telecommunications services to both urban and rural regions, no matter how remote and isolated the latter is. He made special emphasis of satellite communications being highly resistant to natural disasters that often devastate terrestrial infrastructure. He also added that SATCOM delivers content faster than conventional online delivery through last mile access, which bypasses congested terrestrial bottlenecks by directly transmitting content to user premises.
Pakistan Space and Upper Research Commission (Suparco) built, controls, operates, and manages Paksat-1R.
The first Communications Satellite operated by Pakistan and part of the country’s Space Programme-2040, Paksat-1R is an advanced geosynchronous platform. It was launched on August 11, 2011 to replace the older Paksat-1 and is expected to operate for the next 15 years.
Occupying orbital slot 38Ax East Longitude, Paksat-1 offers C and Ku band coverage across Europe, Africa, Middle East, and South and Central Asia. Customers in over 75 countries will be able to benefit from satellite broadband Internet, digital television broadcasting, remote and rural telephony, emergency communications, tele-education, and tele-medicine services.