All of Argentina's bases in Antarctica are now equipped with telecommunications systems depending on nationally-owned ARSAT satellites instead of relying on foreign providers, it was announced.
President Cristina Fernandez addressed the country in a national televised broadcast after Argentina’s first geostationary satellite was successfully launched on Thursday afternoon. The head of state thanked all scientists involved in the construction of ARSAT1, and seized the opportunity to slam opposition representatives over their plans for the country.
The ARSAT-1 is Argentina first domestically designed and developed geostationary communications satellite, and its construction and successful launching, on Thursday, was defined by the government as historic.
The Argentine government signed the decree on Thursday formalising the decision for the state to begin to control a part of the mobile phone sector, a measure announced on Wednesday by Planning Minister Julio De Vido.
Argentina announced the government has rejected the proposals made by bidders seeking to gain a public contract to manage up to 25% of the 3G telecommunications frequency nationwide. Instead the federal government satellite and communications company Arsat will get 20% of the available 3G spectrum.