Egypt's first-ever telecommunications satellite, TIBA- 1,
is due to be launched on Friday, from a space centre in French Guiana, near Brazil.
Head of the Egyptian Space Agency Mohamed el Qousy said on Thursday that "Tiba 1" is set to be operational within three months from the day of its launch.
He added that the satellite will cover all parts of Egypt and provide telecommunication and internet services for remote and isolated areas.
Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat said on Thursday, during a weekly Cabinet meeting, that launching the first ever Egyptian satellite for communications purposes represents a great qualitative leap in the ICT sector that will help support the national comprehensive development efforts.
The minister noted that the move falls within the framework of efforts to achieve Egypt's sustainable development strategy 2030, pointing out that Tiba 1 satellite will help provide communication services for both public and trade sectors.
It will offer full communication coverage to some states in North Africa and the Nile Basin countries and contribute to pushing forward the development process via providing telecommunications infrastructure and broadband internet to remote and isolated areas, Talaat added.
Launching Tiba 1 will also contribute to developing the petroleum, energy and mineral wealth, education health and other governmental sectors and will assist all state bodies in combating crime and terrorism, he added.