Bolivia hails Túpac Katari satellite launch

Juan Fernández | 27-12-2013

Bolivia has announced the successful launch from China of the Túpac Katari satellite, the first that the country has launched and which will seek to improve the country's telecom capacity and direct-to-home (DTH) services.

Costing over $300 million, 85% of which financed by China's development bank, the satellite was built in China with French, German and American technology and will begin commercial operation in March 2014.
Túpac Katari's launch was largely awaited by Bolivia's population, which celebrated the operation as a source of national pride. Bolivian national TV company Entel has already announced it will use the satellite to launch a DTH platform next year, aiming to compete with Tigo Millicom and its Multivisión pay-TV platform.