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ITU assists Bolivia’s Tupac Katari communication satellite project

Follow up to President Evo Morales’ visit to ITU

Geneva, 29 October 2009 — ITU, the Bolivian Government’s Vice-Ministry of telecommunications (MOPSV-VMTEL) and the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) met in La Paz to address the issues related to the orbit and spectrum resources needed to implement Bolivia’s Tupac Katari communication satellite network.

This follows the visit of President Evo Morales Ayma of Bolivia to ITU on 13 September 2009 to meet with ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré when they discussed Bolivia’s filing for an orbital position for its geostationary communication satellite. President Morales and Dr Touré had agreed to hold tripartite discussions with the Bolivian government, ITU and Industry to find the best technical solutions.

At the meeting in La Paz on 21 October 2009, ITU presented detailed explanations on the regulatory framework required for the registration of satellite networks as well as recommendations for the training of Bolivian experts.

The meeting concluded with all parties agreeing to work together to ensure the success of the Tupac Katari communication satellite project.

For more information, please contact:

Sanjay Acharya
Chief, Media Relations and Public Information

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Grace Petrin
Promotion Officer
ITU Radiocommunication Bureau
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Mobile: +41 79 329 75 33

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