Egypt's NTRA works on operating licences for Tiba 1 satellite

Monday 2 December 2019 | 11:02 CET | News

The National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) is in the process of completing commercial licences for Egyptian satellite Tiba 1, with the company responsible for its management, the Daily News reported. Mustafa Abdel-Wahed, acting executive president of NTRA, said that it played an advisory role in launching the satellite in cooperation with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), coordinating with the French side in the technical aspects and determining its orbits.

Abdel-Wahed said the regulator is currently discussing with the company responsible for the management and marketing of the satellite commercially owned by the state the frequencies for telecommunications and internet services and licensing prices, as well as the service prices provided to customers. He said that the new satellite will provide fast internet speeds, covering every governorate of the country. He said prices of satellite internet services are usually higher than the cost of  fibre-optic cables. 

The Tiba-1 satellite weighs 5.6 tonnes and was built by Airbus and Thales Alenia Space at a cost of more than EUR 100 million. It will remain in space for fifteen years and was successfully launched days ago from the French Guiana base in South America. The satellite will provide broadband internet to individuals and businesses in Egypt and some North African and Nile Basin countries.

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Categories: Broadcast & Satellite
Companies: ITU / NTRA / Thales Alenia Space
Countries: Egypt
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