Bolivia hails Túpac Katari satellite launch | Satellite | News | Rapid TV News
By continuing to use this site you consent to the use of cookies on your device as described in our privacy policy unless you have disabled them. You can change your cookie settings at any time but parts of our site will not function correctly without them. [Close]

Bolivia has announced the successful launch of the Túpac Katari satellite from China, the first that the country has launched and which will seek to improve the country's telecom capacity and direct-to-home (DTH) services.

Costing over $300 million, 85% of which was financed by China's development bank, the satellite was built in China with French, German and American technology, and will begin commercial operation in March 2014.

Túpac Katari's launch has been long awaited by Bolivia's population, which celebrated it as a source of national pride. The Bolivian national TV company Entel has already announced it will use the satellite to launch a DTH platform next year, aiming to compete with Tigo Millicom and its Multivisión pay-TV platform.