Regional African Satellite Communications
HISTORY AND PRESENT STATUS
RASCOM, established in 1993, is an intergovernmental
treaty-based organization which has as its prime
objective the provision, on a commercial basis,
of the satellite capacity required for national
and international public telecommunications services,
including sound and television broadcasting in Africa.
Currently the organization operates by pooling and
optimizing space resources leased mainly from INTELSAT.
The ultimate aim is to have a dedicated Africa-owned
regional satellite system.
South Africa was approached by RASCOM to join the
organization in mid 1995. South Africa signed the
RASCOM convention on 18 February 1997. The Convention
was ratified by the South African Parliament on
22 May 1997.
OTHER DEPARTMENTS AND COOPERATING ORGANISATIONS
Department of Communications