November 26, 2019 / 10:48 PM / 10 days ago

Egypt launches first communication satellite: cabinet

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt has launched its first communication satellite into orbit, the Cabinet said late on Tuesday, a step government officials say will improve communications infrastructure, internet services and attract investment.

Tiba-1 was due to launch last Friday but was delayed for technical reasons, the Cabinet said. It did not give details.

The 5.6-tonne satellite was launched on one of Europe’s Arianespace rockets from a space center in French Guiana.

Made by Airbus and Thales Alenia Space (TAS), it will remain in orbit for at least 15 years to provide “every inch” of Egypt with call and internet services, state officials said.

Reporting by Momen Saeed Atallah; Writing by Yousef Saba; editing by Grant McCool

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