Pakistan Launches Second Communication Satellite PAKSAT MM1 to Enhance Digital Infrastructure

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Pakistan has successfully launched its second communication satellite, PAKSAT MM1, from China’s Xichang Satellite Launch Centre to enhance the country’s internet and communication infrastructure.

The Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (Suparco) announced last week that the multi-mission communication satellite would be launched today. This follows the historic launch of Pakistan’s first satellite earlier this month as part of China’s Chang’e-6 lunar mission from Hainan.

According to a statement by state-run broadcaster Pakistan Television, the satellite will provide top-tier internet services across Pakistan and improve television broadcasts, cellular phones, and broadband services. The satellite is expected to begin providing service in August.

Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal attended the launch, stating, “The day is not far when we will launch our satellites on our own rockets from Pakistan’s Space Launch Centre. Congratulations Pakistan.”

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif also congratulated the nation, expressing optimism that the satellite would deliver the fastest internet facility nationwide. “I am particularly excited about the potential impact of PAKSAT MM1 on internet connectivity across Pakistan. With its state-of-the-art communication technology, this satellite promises to revolutionize our digital landscape,” he said in a statement.

Celebrating the “momentous occasion,” the prime minister highlighted the significant advancement in the country’s space and communication capabilities, expressing pride in the national achievement. He noted that the satellite would enhance citizens’ lives and boost economic activities, e-commerce, and e-governance.

PM Shehbaz emphasized that the launch from Xichang Satellite Launch Centre demonstrates the strong collaboration and partnership between Pakistan and China. “It is through such cooperative endeavors that we can propel our nation forward and harness the power of technology for the benefit of our people,” he said.

The prime minister lauded the satellite’s positioning in a geostationary orbit 36,000 kilometers above the earth as an impressive feat showcasing the nation’s scientific and technological prowess. He praised Suparco and all those involved in the mission, calling their collective efforts and determination the driving forces of Pakistan’s progress.

“May the launch of PAKSAT MM1 be the harbinger of even greater successes in our quest for excellence in space and communication technology,” PM Shehbaz prayed.

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