Azerbaijan satellite now carries 81 TV channels
Rebecca Hawkes
| 02 June 2014
Azerbaijan's first communications satellite Azerspace-1 is now broadcasting 81 television channels and 16 radio stations, with more expected to come on board, according to the government.

"Services of Azerspace-1 are in demand all over the world. The satellite can broadcast for 50 countries of Central Asia, Europe and Africa," said the Ministry of Communications and High Technologies.

Around 80% of the satellite's capacity is available for commercial purposes. It currently hosts broadcasts from Turkey, Georgia, Ukraine, Lebanon and South Africa Ė with Iraqi and Afghan networks also reportedly interested in using the satellite.

Baku is expected to earn between US$500 and $600 million by operating the satellite over its 15-year lifetime, according to Azernews.

Azerspace-1 was launched in February 2013, and covers Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia and North Africa.