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Regional African Satellite Communications Organisation (RASCOM)
Headquarters: Abidjan - Côte d'Ivoire
The Regional African Satellite Communications (RASCOM) is an intergovernmental treaty-based organization established in 1993 with a prime objective to provide on a commercial basis the satellite capacity required for national and international public telecommunications services, including sound and television broadcasting in Africa.
Currently, the organization operates by pooling and optimizing space resources leased mainly from INTELSAT. The ultimate aim is to have a dedicated Africa-owned regional satellite system. In December 2007 the first pan-African satellite – Rascom-QAF1 was launched. The satellite will provide telecommunication services in rural areas of Africa, as well as domestic and international connections, direct TV broadcast services, and internet access during 15 years.