Angola Presided over the Steering Committee of the SADC Satellite Sharing Programme

In collaboration with the National Space Programme Management Office (GGPEN), Angola led the activities carried out by the technical teams of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) government structure for the Regional satellite sharing programme.

The SADC satellite communications workshop, which took place in Botswana on December 9, 2022, had on its agenda the recommendations of the SADC satellite specialists and the Steering Committee of the SADC satellite sharing programme.

The SADC satellite specialists, with the technical support of the Project Management Office (PMO), have been studying the best orbital positions in the region, considering all technical aspects consistent with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) standards for later submission to the ITU database. 

Below are some specific activities of the Steering Committee under the SADC satellite sharing programme:

  • Angola presented the ANGOSAT-2 satellite progress report after the in-orbit tests and the first internet signals from Angosat-2 presented to the Member States;
  • Adoption of the Term of Reference (TOR), presented by Angola’s technical team working on the Space and Regulatory Policy, which will be integrated into the governance structure of the SADC satellite sharing Programme; 
  • The presentation of a document detailing the acceptance of Angola to act on behalf of  SADC Member States within the framework of the SADC Regional satellite sharing project. In addition, the acceptance document will be presented at the next SADC meeting for ICT Ministers;
  • Member States were encouraged to prepare the technical documents, part B of Resolution 559, for submission on the ITU e-communication platform between January 16 to 31, 2023;
  • Member States were urged to participate in the fifth preparatory meeting for the World Radio- communication Conference (WRC-23) scheduled for May 2023;
  • Angola, as Chair of the Steering Committee under the SADC Regional sharing programme, encouraged members of the SADC satellite expert team to continue working on the Regional satellite program draft, which will be presented at the next expert group meeting on  SADC satellite.