On December 3, 2019, Russian satellite communications operator Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) and Azerbaijan’s satellite communications operator Azercosmos signed a cooperation agreement pertaining to satellite communications and broadcasting services in Baku, Azerbaijan, as part of the international telecommunications and IT show BAKUTEL 2019.
The agreement was signed in the presence of the show participants and guests. RSCC’s Deputy Director General – Head of the Business Development Kseniya Drozdova and Azercosmos’s Deputy BoD Chairman Rovshan Rustamov signed the document.
The agreement is aimed at joining the efforts and making arrangements for the collaboration of both Azerbaijani and Russian operators in the domain of creation and development of satellite communications and broadcasting networks for a variety of economic and public administration sectors in Europe, the Middle East, Africa as well as in Russia and Azerbaijan. To that end, it is planned to use the potential of spaceborne satellites Azerspace 1, Azerspace 2, as well as RSCC’s Express AM series satellites, which ensure a stable coverage of the aforesaid regions, including the CIS countries.
The Russian and Azerbaijani satellite operators have unique experience in implementing satellite projects aimed at setting up corporate communications networks, trunk internet access channels, regional TV broadcasting, as well as operating mobile objects on land, at sea, and in the air.
Collaborative project efforts will allow the two companies to strengthen their presence in the regions of the Eurasian and African continents and to secure the broadest possible coverage of vertical markets for satellite communications and broadcasting services.
“This agreement is a reasonable continuation of the strengthening of trade and economic relations between Russia and Azerbaijan, and its execution derives from the current situation in the global satellite market. It is especially noteworthy that our partnership goes well beyond purely regional cooperation in the Caspian Region. RSCC and Azercosmos have been successful for many years in the markets of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The amalgamation of efforts of the two national satellite operators also opens up the potential for a new page in Russian-Azerbaijani cooperation, namely the creation of a joint export application for foreign consumers. We highly appreciate our partnership with our Azerbaijani colleagues. We hope that the agreements we will reach today will lay strong foundation for their further development and the strengthening of long-term mutually beneficial cooperation between our companies,” RSCC Deputy Director General – Head of the Business Development Kseniya Drozdova noted.
“Azerbaijan and Russia have been on friendly terms since the dawn of time. Today, the two nations cooperate equally well through their public and private entities in reliance on the principles of mutually beneficial cooperation and strategic partnership. I am certain that these relationships will further broaden and strengthen, contributing to the continued development of bilateral relationships across all branches of economy, including the space industry. Azercosmos is privileged to cooperate with Russian Satellite Communications Company, ranked among the Top 10 global satellite operators in orbiting and frequency bandwidth. We believe that mutually beneficial cooperation between Azercosmos and RSCC will further evolve for the benefit of our entities,” Azercosmos Head of Sales Unit Yolchu Gasanov noted.
Azercosmos is the leading satellite operator in the Southern Caucasus. The telecommunications satellite Azerspace 1 managed by Azercosmos offers highly reliable, broadband, and broadcasting solutions to its customers in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Caucasus, and Central Asia. The satellite whose service life will be 15 years was launched in February 2013 and is equipped with 36 transponders: 24 in C-band and 12 in Ku-band at 46° east longitude. In December 2014, Azercosmos assumed the rights to operate and commercialize the Azersky high-resolution ERS satellite (1.5 m image products) and entered the business of offering Earth watching services, including geoinformation services. The company’s strategic development plans include the expansion of coverage area and service range. With this in mind, the company launched its second telecommunications satellite Azerspace 2 at 45° east longitude in 2018. For further information, see the website at www.azercosmos.com