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Sri Lanka partners Chinese communication satellite company

Published on Nov 28, 2012 2:11 PM

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.

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