15 March 2023
The AngoSat-2 telecom satellite is now providing free broadband internet connectivity to hospitals, administrations, schools, and universities in seven provinces of Angola, namely Cuando Cubango, Uíge, Huíla, Luanda, Cabinda, Moxico and Lunda Sul.
In January 2022, Angolan President João Lourenço authorized, by decree, the commercialization of AngoSat-2, at the end of a test phase. This initiative came about three months after the satellite was put into orbit. It was launched by Russia, which built it to replace the AngoSat-1 satellite, which was lost in space shortly after its launch in 2017.
AngoSat-2 satellite reportedly already meets the expectations of the Angolan authorities. Within the framework of the National Space Strategy, Luanda has set itself the objective of using space technology to accelerate the development of the country thanks to the improvement of the quality and coverage of telecom services. A particular focus is placed on remote and underserved communities in order to quickly bridge the digital divide.
Improving the quality and coverage of information and communication technologies (ICT) should accelerate the digital transformation of all sectors of the Angolan economy. Thus, Angolans will be able to enjoy streaming, artificial intelligence, telemedicine, smart agriculture, IoT, e-learning, 3D video, virtual reality, smart homes, and buildings, among others.