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Nearing full capacity, Bolivia’s first national satellite is delivering TV and telecom services to two million people across the country’s rural areas.

tksat 1According to Iván Zambrana, director of the Agencia Boliviana Espacial (ABE), speaking to the newspaper El Dia, almost three million people live in remote areas outside of Bolivia’s cities, with no access to terrestrial networks. Among them, two million are currently getting free-to-air (FTA) digital TV, pay-TV, radio and Internet services through the TKSAT-1.

Since Bolivia’s the satellite was launched three years ago, the demand for satellite telecom services has grown across the country. According to Zambrana, over 100,000 aerials have been sold since the TKSAT-1 started commercially operating in April 2014.

With over 70% of its capacity in use, the ABE is already planning to launch a new TV and Internet satellite by 2021-22, intending to outlay nearly half of what it spent on the TKSAT-1.

The TKSAT-2 satellite will only address not the Bolivian market, but the Latin American region too. “We intend to reach a wider market so the satellite becomes more profitable. The TKSAT-2 is to provide services for the telecom industry in Bolivia and Latin America,” Zambrana said when the plans for the second satellite were announced.
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