Hanoi, Vietnam (AHN)In a bid to improve the countrys telecommunications,
Vietnam is all set to launch its first telecom satellite on April 12, officials
announced on Wednesday.
Vinasat No. 1 is scheduled to be launched in French Guiana from the Kourou
spaceport in South America. It will begin operation by May though, according to
Nguyen Ba Thuoc, vice general director of stateowned Vietnam Post and
The $200 million satellite can transmit up to 10,000 voice, Internet or data
channels or 120 television channels nationwide. Vietnam now rents satellites
from Australia, Thailand, and Russia.
For around the last decade, Vietnams economy has grown at an average annual
rate of more than 7 percent. It has 19 million Internet users and over 40
million telephone subscribers.
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