ISLAMABAD: With growing demand of communication requirements both in civil and military sectors Pakistan had bifuricated its Ministry of Communications into two divisions. One namely Ministry of Communications which was confined to land and sea communications development links in early 2000s and newly created Ministry Information Technology took complete control over telecommunications, developed nough infrastructure for growing cellular telephone industry, expansion of internet and related technologies.
All this was not done in one policy. Experts exploited variants and focused both in civil and military spheres. Post 9/11 bonanza gave a shot in the arm for the military us of Information Technology. Pakistan explored various sources and invited Intent of Interest from several European, American companies Space Net and German famous Siemens for its demands for civil and military requirements particularly for moderanisation of its Airforce early warning radars.
With on going experimentation from different organizations like Army, Navy, Air-force, Information Technology and 60s not all time a success SUPARCO, experts finally decided to acquire space technology for launching of Satellites, Uplinking and Downlinking facilities for tv and telecommunication facilities in endeavoured to go for a comprehensive deal with the People’s Republic of China.
A deal was sealed between Pakistan and China’s Great Wall Industry. Under the fresh deal. It will launch from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern Sichuan Province. The Great Wall Industry in collaboration of Norinco ground control facilities for the satellite will be delivered to the Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission after it enters orbit.
CGWIC and its sub-contractors are responsible for the design, manufacturing, final assembly, testing and launch of the satellite. It will have a life span of 15 years. Pakistan will use it for domestic telecommunication and broadcast services. Contracts for the satellite deal were sealed Wednesday in the presence of presidents from both countries. Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari was in Beijing for his first state visit since taking office in September.
Courtesy: Arab News