Telnet Tunisia Collaborates With Russia In Satellite Deal

The Tunisian technology engineering and consulting firm Telnet Group has entered into a brand new contract with Russian satellite companies GK Launch Services and Sputnix to launch 30 satellites that will support an IoT network by 2023.

The terms of the deal, specify that Sputnix will take charge of building the satellites that will all be launched by a division of Glavkosmos on a Soyuz-2 rocket.
The cost of the deal has not yet been made public.

In addition to building and launching satellites, the collaboration is also meant to develop tailored telecoms solutions and new space technologies for Tunisia and the global market at large.

In April 2019 the Telnet Group and its Russian partners made headlines when they inked a deal to launch Tunisia's very first satellite, Challenge ONE.
The satellite will be launched in 2020 on the Soyuz-2 rocket by GK Launch Services.

Telnet Group's Chief Executive Officer, Mohamed Frikha said that it was that first agreement that had inspired the three companies to strengthen their partnership because it showed them the potential of what they could build collectively.

Frikha founded Telnet in 1994. In 2018 the firm announced its plans to venture into satellite communication with the creation of an aerospace centre in Sfax Aerospace Valley.

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