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Wed, 03 Sep 2008 10:07 - Updated Wed, 03 Sep 2008 10:06

Infrasat a Step Toward Information Society

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Luanda – The satellite telecommunication system of multi-sectoral support called “INFRASAT”, inaugurated Tuesday in Luanda by Angolan head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos, represents an important step towards the information society in Angola.

This was said Tuesday in Luanda by the minister of Mail and Telecommunication, Licínio Tavares.

According to the minister, in a country with low density and great population dispersion, the satellite communication systems constitute an important infrastructure in the domain of information technology, given its flexibility and speed.

He said the project is innovating as it responds to the public and private needs, imposing criteria of rationalisation, as it guarantees telephone, internet and television services capable of meeting in a rapid and effective way the needs of the population in areas distant from the urban centres, at low prices.

The minister said the system will facilitate the access to such technologies as tele-medicine and tele-education, including in remote areas, and will as well support the installation of telephone booths and tele-centres.

According to the minister, 174 KU band Vsat have so far been installed in the country. This is part of the 2,301 to be installed under the first phase of the project, to the benefit of 759 localities.