National System of Satellite Communication and Broadcast of the Republic of Belarus (Belintersat)
The creation of the National System of Satellite Communication and Broadcast of the Republic of Belarus is the largest project in the field of telecommunications, implemented by the Republic of Belarus. The project was and still is of high innovative, economic, social and political importance to Belarus. It’s considered of high innovative, economic, social and political importance, providing a full range of advanced satellite services in Europe, Africa and Asia, as well as to ensure global coverage in the Eastern Hemisphere.
For the commercial and government institutions in the territory of the Republic of Belarus, the Belintersat project will be providing a number of services that will include: Internet, mobile satellite communications, solutions for mobile operators, corporate networks and live TV broadcasting.
The Republic of Belarus’ decision to launch its own communication satellite has been taken at the highest state level. The history of the project started with a closed tender won by the China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC), a subsidary of China Aerospace Science & Technology, Corp (CASC). In Q3 of 2012 the conclusion of the contract with the CGWIC for the supply of the Belintersat-1 satellite. The Export-Import Bank of China was consequently resorted to for funds rising.
Works on the system creation began in the middle of 2013:
- The geostationary satellite manufacturing in China;
- The Ground Control Station construction in the Minsk Region territory.
The Belintersat-1 satellite will be placed at the orbital position 51.5 ° east and will provide a full range of advanced satellite services in Europe, Africa and Asia, as well as ensure global coverage in the Eastern Hemisphere. The satellite was launched on January 19th 2016 from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center (People's Republic of China). The satellite carries 20 C-band and 18 Ku-band transponders and is based on the DFH-4 bus (China) manufactured of 100% certified flight-quality components. It is the 9th satellite on this platform, launched into the geostationary orbit. Satellite builder Thales Alenia Space is the supplier of the Belintersat-1 payloads.
On December 30th 2015, the Nigerian Communication Satellite (NigComSat) Ltd, announced in Abuja, Nigeria that it had won a bid to provide in-orbit test (IOT) and carrier spectrum monitoring (CSM) services for Belintersat-1 satellite.
With this, NigComSat will be able to provide more broadband services, enterprise solutions, secured communications and etc., over Nigeria and other 35 African countries, including Ghana, Cameroon, Mali and others. Additional communication services will also be offered to the security agencies.