Egypt launches its first ever communication satellite

Egypt is launching this Friday its first communication satellite into orbit as government seeks to improve internet service and communication infrastructure, Reuters reports.

Named Tiba-1, the satellite is due for launching from a space center in French Guiana and the takeoff is expected at 21:08 GMT.

The 5.6-ton satellite will be in orbit for 15 years and monitored by the Egyptian Space Agency.
Once in orbit, the Tiba-1 will provide Egypt with a parallel communications network alongside the current land network and a strong telecommunications infrastructure that will spark economic growth.

Built by Airbus and Thales Alenia Space (TAS), Tiba-1 will also cover a number of neighboring Arab and African countries, Reuters reports.

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