Sri Lanka partners Chinese communication satellite company
COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka's President on Wednesday welcomed the first communications satellite launch in partnership with a Chinese state-owned company, to take television to rural areas of the island.
President Mahinda Rajapakse said the private venture, in which his youngest son Rohitha was a promoter, had given the island a "new age in its development and industrial progress".
Mr Rajapakse said the geo-stationary Supreme Sat I will provide DTH (direct to home) television in rural areas of Sri Lanka that cannot be reached by normal broadcasts.
"This is a major beginning for Sri Lanka to benefit from space technology in communications," the president said.