Bolivia president has satellite ambitions-UN agency

GENEVA, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Bolivia's president is seeking United Nations assistance to acquire a communications satellite for his impoverished Andean country, the International Telecommunication Union said on Monday.

In a statement about a Sunday visit by Eva Morales to the Geneva-based agency, the ITU said Bolivia was seeking "an orbital position for its geostationary communications satellite."

Such technology could help improve Internet access and help isolated and poor citizens get connected to the modern world, the former coca farmer was quoted as saying.

"There is no denying that such access would equip them with modern tools for overcoming poverty, supporting integration, production, education, technology-transfer processes and a range of social services," Morales said.

Bolivia enjoys "an incomparable geostrategic position as it is located in the heart of South America, enabling it to serve as an integrating hub for all forms of communication imaginable," the leftist ally of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was quoted as saying by the ITU.

Morales, who on Sunday also made a public appearance at a bullring in a working-class neighbourhood of Madrid, is expected to easily win his country's Dec. 6 election but may struggle to get control of the legislature. [ID:nLD552638]

The U.N. agency said Morales would likely announce the launch date of his country's new satellite -- for which the ITU pledged technical assistance about orbital positions and frequency bands -- in October 2010 or earlier. (Reporting by Laura MacInnis)