Spacecom disconnects Amos-5 satellite

Telecoms

Spacecom daid it has officially disconnected the Amos-5 satellite, after failing to re-establish communication with it. The company confirmed to ITWeb Africa that no communication has been heard from the satellite since 21 November 2015 and that the satellite has since been fully de-energised.

The move to disconnect the satellite means more communication problems in Zambia which relied on the satellite for data and mobile services. In December 2015 a fault on Amos-5 caused disruption to the GSM network and affected mobile communication services in several countries including Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Botswana and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Spacecom said the satellite cannot be retrieved and that it is now working with other providers to find a solution for its customers' broadcast, data and telecom needs previously provided via the Amos-5 satellite.
Source: Telecompaper 13 January 2016