HANOI, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam plans to take full control of its two communication satellites from next month after years with foreign assistance in running the systems, according to the Vietnam Post and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) on Tuesday.
Vietnam launched the first satellite, called VINASAT-1, in 2008 and the second one, VINASAT-2, in 2012. In the beginning of their operations, the country received foreign assistance in controlling the systems. VNPT and U.S. contractor Lockheed Martin had joint training courses for Vietnamese engineers.
Vietnamese engineers from VNPT, the owner of the two satellites, have successfully controlled the first VINASAT-1 for 27 months after it entered the orbit nine months ahead of schedule, reported the Group.
With this experience, VNPT plans to shorten the hand-over time for VINASAT-2, launched nine months ago, and to fully control the two satellites next month without direct foreign assistance.
According to VNPT, VINASAT-1 started providing services from August 15, 2012, while VINASAT-2 is designed to operate for up to 20 years and will make profits after ten years.
In addition to domestic clients, the Group looks for foreign partners in Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and other countries who may want to hire the satellites.
However, it is difficult to fully exploit the frequency capacity of VINASAT-2 as the satellite market is experiencing fierce competitions in the context that all countries in the region have their own satellites, reported VNPT.