• Short Summary

    President Albert Bernard Bongo of Gabon on Monday (2 July) inaugurated a satellite ground station near Libreville by holding a telephone conversation with French President Georges Pompidou in Paris.

  • Description

    President Albert Bernard Bongo of Gabon on Monday (2 July) inaugurated a satellite ground station near Libreville by holding a telephone conversation with French President Georges Pompidou in Paris.

    The station, situated about 16 miles (20 kilometres) south east of Libreville, was built with the aid of a French loan. It will be used not only for telecommunications, but also for transmitting and receiving television pictures.

    The French television O.R.T.F. broadcast a special programme from Paris to Gabon to mark the opening of the station.

    Gabon's posts and telecommunications authority have issued a special stamp to commemorate the inauguration of the satellite station.

    SYNOPSIS: On Monday in Gabon a new satellite ground station was inaugurated by President Albert Bongo, in a telephone conversation with French President Pompidou in Paris.

    Traditional tribal dancers were on hand to greet the President.

    The Director-General of the Gabonese post and telecommunications agency addressed the gathering.

    The station which can be used for broadcasting television pictures as well as telephone communications, was built with the help of a loan from the French Government.

    The French television service, ORTF, broadcast a special programme direct from Paris to Gabon to make the opening of the new ground station.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9XKFKQR3YNC90IR6KRUDXUBXE
    Media URN:
    VLVA9XKFKQR3YNC90IR6KRUDXUBXE
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/07/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:43:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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