In brief

26 April 2018

Telecoms

Angola’s government has confirmed that contact has been permanently lost with the country’s first telecoms satellite, the Russian-built Angosat-1, which was launched from Kazakhstan in December 2017. Angolan telecoms minister Jose Carvalho da Rocha announced that work on building the satellite’s successor, Angosat-2, under a new agreement with Russia, is beginning ‘immediately’ and at no cost to Angola, adding it would be finished in 18 months, Africanews.com reports.