By Rashid Shirinov
The first Azerbaijani telecommunications satellite Azerspace-1 has started broadcasting programs of Georgia’s Iberia TV, the information portal FlySat reported on October 30.
Currently, the satellite broadcasts a number of Georgian TV and radio channels, including Vector A.G, 1 TV Georgia, Ajara TV HD, Imedi TV HD, GDS TV, Imedi News, TV Pirveli, Palitra News, Obieqtivi, TV 25 Georgia, Saperavi TV, Trialeti TV, radio channels 1 Georgia, Ajara, Saz.Mau, Imedi and Iveria. All of them are available at the frequency of 11,095 MHz.
The total number of TV and radio channels Azerspace-1 currently broadcasts reaches 130. The satellite was set at the orbital position of 46 degrees East longitude on February 8, 2013. At present, service area of Azerspace-1 includes several countries of Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
The Azerbaijani satellite provides a variety of services, such as digital television, data transmission, VSAT multi-service networks, and governmental communications. The total cost of the Azerspace-1 project was $230 million.
Meanwhile, the launch of Azerbaijan’s second telecommunications satellite Azerspace-2 is scheduled for next year. It will be placed at orbital position of 45 degrees East longitude. The service area of Azerspace-2 will cover the countries of Europe, Central and South-East Asia, Middle East and Africa. The new satellite will further ensure the sustainability of the work, and will expand coverage of services.
Rashid Shirinov is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow him on Twitter: @RashidShirinov
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