Although only a third of its full capacity is currently working, Bolivia’s space agency says it has already committed 75% of the capacity of Tupac Katari’s TKSAT-1, the country’s national satellite.
Talking to the national newspaper El Deber, Iván Zambrana, the agency’s director, said 75% of its capacity has been already sold to companies and institutions, both national and international. No names have been released, though Zambrana added an international TV network is close to signing a contract to use TKSAT-1 for regional distribution.
The satellite entered its commercial phase in April, after three months testing in space. Bolivian telco Entel is currently using most of the working capacity (it owns 50%) to deploy its direct-to-home (DTH) platform. In addition to Entel, 15 other national companies are currently operating through the satellite.
The satellite was launched in December last year from China after several delays and a $300 million investment. It was built in China in collaboration with French, German and American technology manufacturers.