Taiwan, Singapore launch satellite

TAIPEI, May 21, 2011 (AFP) - Taiwan's leading telecom operator
Chunghwa Telecom has launched its second commercial communications
satellite in a joint venture with Singapore Telecommunications, local
media said Saturday.

The launch of the ST-2 satellite took place from the Kourou Space
Centre in French Guiana late Friday local time, Taiwan's state-funded
Central News Agency reported.

The satellite will have a life span of 15 years and will replace the
ageing ST-1 satellite that Chunghwa Telecom and Singapore
Telecommunications put into orbit in 1998, according to the agency.

The two companies announced in 2008 that they had agreed to build the
ST-2 to continue servicing existing customers and to facilitate
expansion into international telecommunications markets.

It will offer customers wider coverage in Asia and the Middle East
when it reaches its orbit slot within the next 10 days, the news
agency said.