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News number: 9107118446

15:20 | 2012-11-11

Economy

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Iran Proposes ECO Members to Build Joint Telecommunication Satellite

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Minister of Communication and Information Technology Reza Taqipour offered the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) member states to start joint production of telecommunication satellites.



Addressing the first meeting of ECO states' communication and information technology ministers in Tehran on Sunday, Taqipour called for the start of "studies over the possible grounds for building and manufacturing telecommunication equipments and use of common knowledge and know-how for designing and building joint telecommunication satellites to be sent to the orbits of the member states".

He also asked the ECO members to cooperate and exchange information in software and hardware fields, providing various ICT services, building infrastructures, providing e-government services, cooperation among mobile operators in various fields, including reducing tariffs for international roaming, creating and enhancing facilities for the technical testing of roaming and increasing the capacity of international gateways.

The Islamic Republic, which first put a satellite into orbit in 2009, has outlined an ambitious space program and has, thus far, made giant progress in the field despite western sanctions and pressures against its advancements.

Iran has so far launched Omid satellite in February 2009, Rassad in June 2011 and Navid in February 2012.

Iran announced in August that the country's researchers plan to manufacture a low-altitude satellite which helps predict earthquakes from space.

The satellite dubbed Ayat (Signs) will help predict the time of earthquakes for the first time in the country.

Deputy Head of Iran's Industrial and Scientific Studies Center for Innovation and International Cooperation Mohammad Hassan Entezari said the satellite would identify the signals sent out from the earth before or after the earthquake, adding the satellite weighs 50-70 kg and would be placed in a lower altitude.

He stressed some countries including France, China and Russia are working in this regard, noting Ayat satellite possesses a key role in processing the seismic disturbances before and after the shocks.