Alcatel Space has announced the award of two contracts worth a combined $340 million to deliver satellites to Brazilian satellite operator Star One and RascomStar-QAF, the pan-African satellite service operator.
Star One has awarded Alcatel Space $190 million for the construction and the in-orbit delivery of the telecommunications satellite Star One C1 for Latin America.
The first satellite in the C series and fitted with 37 transponders in C and Ku bands, Star One C1 will replace the Brasilsat B2 satellite in the C band and will provide South America with high speed Internet and multimedia capacity.
RascomStar-QAF has placed a $150 million order with Alcatel Space for the build and delivery in orbit of the first RASCOM telecommunication satellite dedicated to the African continent.
Alcatel Space will supply both the in-orbit delivered satellite and its associated ground infrastructure including the mission, business, and ground control segments.
Under an agreement with RASCOM (Regional African Satellite Communication Organisation), RascomStar-QAF has the responsibility to implement by 2006 the first pan-African satellite telecommunication system.
According to Alcatel Space, this satellite will offer RascomStar-QAF the capability to provide fixed voice, data telecommunications and Internet access as well as broadcasting satellite services to the whole African continent.