By Roger Field
Pan-African communications operator to increase its services after launch of satellite.
RascomstarQAF, a pan-African satellite services operator, has launched its first satellite, Rascom-QAF1, as part of its plan to provide telecom services to rural areas in Africa, inter-city and international phone links, satellite TV and internet services.
The satellite, which was launched via an Arian 5 GS rocket from a launch site in French Guiana, was built by Thales Alenia Space and has an expected lifespan of 15 years.
RascomstarQAF also has plans to launch a second satellite, Rascom-QAF2, although it has yet to announce a timeframe for the launch.