VIENTIANE, March 9 (Xinhua) -- Lao Asia-Pacific Satellite Co., Ltd. has signed agreements with the Kanboon Sompraingarm Co., Ltd. of Thailand to broadcast its Lamkhong television channel through the Lao Sat-1 satellite as well as distribute Laosat HD satellite receivers.
Kanboon Sompraingarm Co., Ltd., one of several companies interested in the television broadcasting service offered through the Lao Sat-1 satellite, has signed an agreement to transmit the Lamkhong TV channel for one year, reported Lao state-run media Vientiane Times on Thursday.
The Thai company also agreed to cooperate in distributing their satellite receivers. The Laosat HD satellite receivers will facilitate television broadcasting through DTH satellite communication where 60 television channels, including six Lao channels, are already housed.
The satellite receivers are also serving many television programs being broadcast from foreign countries including those channels produced in-country.
After the Lao Sat-1 was launched in 2015, its operations were trialled for two months before it officially began commercial services in March 2016.
So far, companies from Indonesia, Thailand, and China have signed agreements to rent space on the country's first telecommunications satellite while others have expressed interest and will monitor the future operation of the satellite.
The satellite was designed, developed and delivered into orbit by China. The total project amounted to 259 million U.S. dollars and is expected to have a working life of 15 years.
The satellite is helping to drive Laos' economy by providing internet and television programmes, especially to families in more remote mountainous regions, according to Vientiane Times. Enditem