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Pakistan launches PakSAT-MM1 for faster internet connectivity

Pakistan on Thursday launched its second communication satellite, PakSAT-MM1, with an aim for a faster internet...
Published May 30, 2024

Pakistan on Thursday launched its second communication satellite, PakSAT-MM1, with an aim for a faster internet facility throughout the country.

Keeping in sight the growing needs of the broad spectrum of communication and connectivity in the country, the satellite was launched from Xichang Satellite Launch Center (XSLC), China.

This satellite project is being hailed as a hallmark of technological cooperation between the People’s Republic of China and Pakistan.

The launch ceremony was shown live for media from the Islamabad and Karachi establishments of SUPARCO.

According to SUPARCO, “this high-power multi-mission satellite will provide communication services in C, Ku, Ka Bands and SBAS services in L Band.”

“Based on advanced communication technologies, PakSAT-MM1 will play a pivotal role in the socio-economic uplift of the country. It will prove to be a stepping stone in the transformation of the country into Digital Pakistan. It will provide various communication services like broadband internet, TV broadcasting, Mobile bank –hauling and VSAT connectivity”.

Project Manager MM-1, SUPARCO, Dr Usman Iftikhar, said that the primary objective behind the PakSAT MM-1 satellite is to strengthen Pakistan’s communication infrastructure, which will pave the way for broadening the horizons for connectivity, serving the unserved, tele-education, e-health/tele-medicine, e-governance and e-commerce while transforming Pakistan into a digital powerhouse.

He said communication infrastructure is “the backbone of any country and plays an important role in the development of the country and this satellite will help provide connectivity to the remote areas of the country”.

“This satellite is a communication satellite which has been sent in Geostationary Orbit. The GEO orbit is at an altitude of about 36000 km from the Earth,” he added.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has congratulated the nation on a “momentous occasion”, saying the achievement marked a significant advancement in Pakistan’s space and communication capabilities, and he was proud of the national accomplishment.

The prime minister said that PakSAT-MM1 would not only enhance the lives of Pakistani citizens but also contribute to the promotion of economic activities, e-commerce, and e-governance.

The premier said the launch of the satellite was a testament to the strong collaboration and partnership between the two countries.

“It is through such cooperative endeavours that we can propel our nation forward and harness the power of technology for the benefit of our people.”

He said that positioning PakSAT-MM1 in a geostationary orbit 36,000 kilometres above Earth was an impressive feat that showcased the nation’s scientific and technological prowess.

Earlier, Pakistan’s historic lunar mission (ICUBE-Q) was launched on May 3 on board China’s Chang’E6 from Hainan, China.

The satellite iCube-Qamar mission marks Pakistan’s first lunar exploration effort which is a significant milestone for the country’s space endeavours.

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Fatima May 30, 2024 08:23pm
Who launched it ? Congratulations regardless
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Mirza May 30, 2024 10:01pm
Good initiative
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zh May 31, 2024 02:48am
What is the point of launching a faster internet when it disappears on critical momnets.
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Ash Chak May 31, 2024 06:10am
This is a 21 year old Chinese satellite called Asia Sat4. It’s been placed in orbit by China too. They have leased it to Pakistan.
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Saqlain May 31, 2024 09:06am
What will this satellite do?
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waqas Jun 09, 2024 04:28pm
its fake news pakistan dont have faster internet devices before launch internet little bit good after launching all networks internet not work even ptcl landline still slow
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waqas Jun 09, 2024 04:30pm
the team said its work in 4 days but 10 days ago its no news update about this fake satelite
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