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Bolivia to launch its first satellite

December 19, 2013

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Authorities say President Evo Morales is in China to witness the launch of Bolivia’s first telecommunications satellite.

Public Works Minister Vladimir Sanchez says the launch will be on Friday during Morales’ visit to the Asian country. Bolivia is among South America’s poorest countries.

The satellite is named Tupac Katari, an indigenous Aymara hero who led 18th century resistance to Spanish colonizers. It was financed with a credit from the China Development Bank for $302 million.

Ivan Zambrana is director of the Bolivian Space Agency. He says the satellite should be fully operational by March and help bring down communications costs and improve television and Internet services for people living in rural areas.

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