Norwegian satellite antennae to benefit science

Two satellite antennae have been installed in Jacotet Bay in the south of Mauritius by Norwegian company Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT), for use by scientists from all over the world.

The installations, which cost 150 million rupees (US$4.8 million) to set up, will receive signals and take high-resolution images of different parts of the world, reported of Port Louis. The images will be used for research, agriculture, weather forecasting and online media.

Mauritius Telecom (MT) participated in the establishment of the mobile antennae, which will be managed remotely by KSAT with the technical assistance of MT, said

It quoted MT CEO Sarat Lallah, who said at the opening ceremony at the end of November that the project represented an opportunity for Mauritius to position itself in Sub-Saharan Africa as an excellent location for land-based stations for satellite operators.

Lallah said KSAT had quickly understood that MT had great know-how in satellite technology thanks to its 25 years of experience. “This installation in Jacotet Bay is benefiting KSAT with a very high-speed international connection through our undersea SAFE optic cable,” said Lallah.

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