Zimbabwe Plans To Launch Broadcast Satellite

25 March 2020

Technology & Convergence

Zimbabwe has taken a significant step towards the realisation of a vision to launch its own broadcast satellites into space after finalising a $25 million deal to upgrade the TelOne Satellite Centre in Mazowe and boost signal distribution.

 

The country currently pays millions of US dollars annually to neighbouring states for foreign satellite services, mainly for television, with information showing that MultiChoice pockets over US$18 million annually in subscriptions from Zimbabweans.

 

The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) also pays US$1,2 million annually to a French company for radio and TV satellite signals.

 

In an interview, Zimbabwe’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Technology Development, Professor Amon Murwira said that the refurbishment of the Mazowe Satellite Station would kick off soon.

 

He said that the addition of infrastructure to the centre would save Zimbabwe the millions of dollars it pays foreign companies for the communication services.

 

The CEO of BAZ, Obert Muganyura, said that the investment towards Zimbabwe’s own satellite would be a positive move in light of global developments.

 

President Mnangagwa rolled out the Zimbabwe National Geospatial and Space Agency (ZINGSA) two years ago, hoping to harness satellite technology and aide economic growth.

Source: Bulawayo 24