African Information Ministers attending a conference in Ethiopia have visited an earth satellite station near the capital of Addis Ababa.
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Background: African Information Ministers attending a conference in Ethiopia have visited an earth satellite station near the capital of Addis Ababa. Government officials say the station will improve radically Ethiopia's communications with the rest of Africa and the world.
SYNOPSIS: Due to open in June, the receiving station will handle telephone, television and telex messages, as well as other information. At first it will have 36 channels, later to be expanded to a hundred and twenty.
Visiting ministers were told that at present Ethiopia has direct telephone links with only 16 other countries. After the satellite begins operations the number will increase to include vast new areas. The network of communications will not only be widened, but made far more speedy -- with, for example, instant reception of television pictures possible.
Ministers were told that satellites stations like the one at Sululita would be a big advantage for the proposed Pan-African News Agency being discussed at their conference. Aside from being the first independent agency covering the whole of Black Africa, it would be able to transmit stories and pictures quickly from one side of the continent to the other. Africans would no longer have to rely on Western news agencies.