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15 January 2021, 10:49

Belintersat-1 satellite provides services to over 200 TV channel, radio stations

MINSK, 15 January (BelTA) – The Belarusian first national satellite Belintersat-1 provides assistance in the distribution of content of more than 200 TV channels and radio stations, BelTA learned from the high-precision electromechanics plant, the operator of the Belarusian satellite communication system.

On 15 January Belarus marked five years since the deployment of Belintersat-1 satellite which is a key element of the national satellite communication and broadcasting system.

The main users of its services are the content distributors of TV and radio broadcasting media. Today, the content of TV channels and radio stations of foreign countries of Central and Western Europe and Africa is distributed via Belintersat-1 satellite.

The satellite also contributes to Belarus' defense and security capabilities.

Belarus continues the development of its satellite communications system. In Q4 2020, DRECrypt content management and protection equipment was put into operation at the ground control complex located in the village of Stankovo, Dzerzhinsk District. With its help, the system operator begins to provide national and foreign distributors of television content with services on formation of packages of programs with the possibility of their encoding and provision of paid access to them.

According to the plant, the technical development of the national satellite communication and broadcasting system and improvement of the professional level of the employees contribute to the conclusion of long-term contracts. Over the past five years the high-precision electromechanics plant has been cooperating with China's largest satellite operator China Satcom, Hong Kong-based Belinter Media, which ‘opened up' Belarusian satellite services to a number of foreign companies. In the markets of Central and Southern Africa, long-term partnerships were established with Africa Union Financial Services of South Africa. In 2020, a contract for the use of the Belintersat-1 satellite capacity was signed with North Telecom of the United Arab Emirates.

The planned lifetime of the Belarusian communication satellite is until 2031.

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