The Congo People's Republic has become the 25th African nation to open a satellite communications earth station.
GV PAN EXTERIOR: in Brazzaville Radio dish on satellite station PAN TO station.
MV PAN: General Joachim Yhombi-Opango, head of state arrives.
MV EXTERIOR: French ambassador and his wife. standing with Chinese delegation.
MV: General Yhombi Opango steps forward and cuts tape.
GV: crowds following General Yjombi Opango into station.
GV: Satellite station radio disc.
MV: women dancers
MV: General Yhombi Opango leaves building to watch dancers as dancing continues.
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Background: The Congo People's Republic has become the 25th African nation to open a satellite communications earth station. Stations in five other African stations are planned or under construction. The new station was officially opened on Friday (28 April).
SYNOPSIS: The new station in just outside the Congo's capital, Brazzaville. It is the latest part of the world network for Intelsat, the international satellite telecommunications organisation. The president of the Congo, General Joachim Yhombi-Opango, officially opened the new earth station, which can both send and receive satellite communications
The French ambassador attended the opening ceremony as mark of France's interest in the project. It was built with French aid through the Aid and Co-Operation Bank and the Central Bank for Economic Co-operation. President Yhombi-Opango said the earth station was a symbol of the Congo's progress toward self-reliance in all fields. Congo officially became a member of Intelsat in October last year, and the new station is part of the international Atlantic network. With its 32-and-a-half metre (100 foot) parabolic disc, capable of being turned in any direction, the station will give immediate television, telephone and telex links with France, the Ivory Coast and Gabon.