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Azerbaijan operator gears to talk about new satellite launch at IBC

Called Azerspace-2, the new launch from Azercosmos will expand on the current capacity of Azerspace-1, the company's telecommunications satellite.
Zulfi Shikhalizade, Director of Sales and Business Operations Department at Azercosmos OJSCo.

Satellite operator Azercosmos Open Joint Stock Company, owned by the Government of Azerbaijan, will launch Azerspace-2 in 2018. Built for Azercosmos by SSL, Azerspace-2 is a telecommunication satellite with 35 active transponder Ku-band payloads. Its designed lifetime is more than 15 years.

Azerspace-2 is Azercosmos’ second telecommunications satellite and will expand on the current capacity of Azerspace-1. The satellite will also enhance the coverage area and spectrum of services provided by Azercosmos. The satellite will offer enhanced capacity, coverage and service offerings to support the growing demands in the region for Direct-to-Home (DTH), government and network services in Europe, Central and South Asia, the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Azerspace-2’s orbital position at 45° E is only 1 degree away from the current Azerspace-1 orbital location at 46° E. It is designed to create favourable opportunities for existing and new customers to start expanding their current satellite solutions.

Azerspace-2 will serve the African continent with its Ku band from 45 degrees East. The new spacecraft is ideally designed for smaller antenna and has cross connectivity between East Africa, West Africa and Central Africa, Europe and Central Asia.

The satellite provider will be at IBC.

“For more than 50 years now, IBC annually gathers the leading players of the global telecommunications market from various regions. It showcases innovative ideas and projects and acts as a venue to hold fruitful meetings between scientists, experts, community and business representatives. This event is valuable in terms of establishing new business relations and networking,” commented Zulfi Shikhalizade, Director of Sales and Business Operations Department at Azercosmos OJSCo.