In a message on the occasion of the celebration by the Algerian Space Agency (ASAL) of the successful launch of the Algerian space telecommunications satellite Alcomsat-1, read on his behalf by Secretary General of the Presidency of the Republic Habba El-Okbi, the Head of State stressed that new satellite “will enable various national public and private companies to access to costly services that were the preserve of foreign companies and were paid with foreign currency.”
“Our country will be autonomous in this sensitive field and will take advantage of services and applications likely to boost socioeconomic and cultural development,” said President Bouteflika.
For the Head of State, “economic development requires the mastery of modern technologies. Disparities between developed and under developed countries are due to differences in terms of rapidity in the use of technologies.”
In this regard, President Bouteflika hailed the role played by ASAL’s engineers “who proved through their achievements that the use of technology is within our reach. We are no more constrained to purchase others’ products.”
Alcomsat-1, Algeria’s first communication satellite, was successfully positioned at 24.8 degrees west longitude in geostationary orbit on 18th December 2017.
Designed part of a partnership with China, especially dedicated to telecommunications, television broadcasting and internet, the satellite has 33 transponders, 9 of which are intended for the broadcasting of digital television channels and radios, stated the source.
The satellite will allow the diffusion of internet on the KA band at a very high speed (20Mb/s), which covers the entire Algerian territory, and providing users in North Africa with medium speed internet (2Mb/s) via the Ku-band that will cover, in addition to Algeria, Morocco, Mauritania, Western Sahara, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Libya, Tunisia, northern Chad and North Sudan.
The Alcomsat 1 satellite, which also transmits on the L-band and covers a large part of the northern hemisphere of Earth, will allow optimizing the signal quality of geo-location satellites (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo) and reducing the risk of interference or deliberate deterioration of signals.