TS News - Vietnam Plans Own Satellite System

TELE-satellit News, 31 October 1996

Vietnam Plans Own Satellite System
  HANOI, Vietnam, 96/10/30 (SatND) -- Vietnam is planning a communications
satellite system that would make it become less dependent from other
providers. According to local papers, the formalities have meanwhile been
completed, an orbital slot has been registered with the International
Telecommunications Union (ITU.)

  The first satellite should be operational by the end of this century even
though there already has been a delay. The project's feasibility study will
not be completed before mid-1997. Collecting the system's requirements from
ministries and agencies has proved to be more time-consuming than expected.

  Not only well-known companies such as Hughes, Loral, Alcatel and Matra
Marconi have shown some interest in supplying the satellites for the system,
but also Japan's NEC. Japanese companies are currently eyeing the satellite
business but face the same problem as the country indigenous launchers:
They're still too expensive.

  Vietnam needs the satellite system to reduce cost. Currently, transponder
capacity is leased from Intelsat, Intersputnik, and Asiasat.

  By: Peter Klanowski
  Source: SatND

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