Iván Zambrana, director of the Bolivian Space Agency (ABE), said that there are currently 150,000 households receiving the free-to-air channels provided by the Túpac Katari (TKSAT-1) satellite, as well as another 30,000 accessing the service of the National Telecommunications Company of Bolivia (Entel).
The TKSAT-1 offers 25 channels and an equal number of free national radio stations, which can be accessed through satellite antennas, the executive explained to Prensa Latina.
Zambrana said that satellite services benefit 3 million users, mainly in the rural sector. Currently, 70% of Túpac Katari’s capacity is occupied by telecommunications companies and public and private companies.
On the other hand, the executive announced that the space agency is considering launching the second communications satellite in 2020 or 2021 to strengthening the demand for telecommunications services.