Nigeria launches new broadcast satellite
December 20th, 2011 - 12:12 UTC
by Andy Sennitt.

Nigerian officials say they have launched a communications satellite into space to replace one that has failed. Nigeria’s state-run television reports that the satellite, called NigComSat-1R, was launched on Monday from a Chinese launch pad.

Officials say a Chinese team built the satellite to replace Nigeria’s first broadcast satellite, which stopped working in 2008. The satellite is expected to provide phone, broadband Internet and broadcasting capabilities in Nigeria and other African countries.