ISRAEL LAUNCHES SATELLITE TO PROVIDE INTERNET TO MIDDLE EAST, AFRICA | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

ISRAEL LAUNCHES SATELLITE TO PROVIDE INTERNET TO MIDDLE EAST, AFRICA

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR
Israel has successfully launched a satellite which will provide internet, TV and mobile services to the Middle East and Africa.

The Amos-17 satellite was launched at 19:23 local time [23:23 GMT] yesterday from Cape Canaveral in Florida, USA. The satellite was carried into space by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and separated successfully, despite the launch being delayed for several days after a suspected faulty valve was discovered during testing.

It will now spend the next two weeks travelling gradually to 36,000 kilometres above the earth, at which height it will orbit the planet.

The satellite was built by aerospace giant Boeing and designed by Israel-based company Spacecom. Amos-17 will now provide services to TV operators, internet and telephone providers in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as governments and private data companies, the Times of Israel reported today.

The $250 million project is expected to operate for the next 20 years, with Spacecom claiming to have already received orders for services worth $58 million, including a contract with Nigeria-based broadcaster IDS Africa.

Spacecom’s CEO, David Pollack, said following the launch that “AMOS-17 places us directly into the exciting growth of Africa’s Sub-Saharan vibrant markets”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Satellite services like this can broadcast; but they can also listen, to see what the users are saying, and thinking, about Israel.

And that last statement by David Pollack, Spacecom's CEO, does need a bit of translation; what Israel is hoping to do, is to control the growth of Africa's Sub Saharan vibrant markets, without appearing to have any hands-on control in the process.

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