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Kenya strategizes satellites revamp

Kenya is scheduled to get new parking spots (orbital slots) for its satellites of telecommunications in a step ahead anticipated to enhance the performance.

This comes after the decision in the previous year by the International Telecommunication Union to have 31 countries of Africa select new orbital positions in a bid to replace their existing slots. 

On Monday, delegates coming from several countries stared their five-day workshop in the capital city Nairobi when they will receive training in locking down the orbital slots.

Esther Koimett, who is the Broadcasting and Telecoms principal secretary, stated that as a nation, they are privileged to host a very crucial workshop that was conceptualized in helping enhance the capability of African nations in streamlining the satellite orbital supply strategy for broadcasting satellite services.

Satellites are regularly parked in the orbit of geostationary, which is about 35,786 kilometers overhead the Earth’s equator and should be at least two degrees or about one thousand kilometers apart to evade interference.

With a big portion of the nation still not available on the grid and other parts scarcely populated, the drive to get new slots of the orbit has become a priority in enhancing communications.

Mercy Wanjau, who is the acting director-general of the Communications Authority of Kenya, stated that it is cheaper to acquire slots compared to leasing space. She added that at the end of the week, long occasions, nations will understand how and where to place their orbital slots.

According to Esther Koimett, medical, agricultural, educational among other sectors are making use of satellites widely in quickly deploying services. 

Esther stated that with the application of satellite sealed in the fabric of our daily routine, they might as well develop the potential and make use of them optimally. It is, consequently, up to them to make sure their maximum use for the advantage of humanity.

Nations in attendance will be given guides on compliance, t his includes identification of new orbital positions and channels of frequency.

Satellites operate as an option channel of communication when land services are not available or in the situation of the undersea cable cuts.

Moreover, Kenya has depended on the satellite when tackling most of its remote and distant problems like when tracking and capturing cattle rustlers and tracking the invasion of locust that has spread widely across the nation. 

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