Jordan's first satellite earth station is being built by Jordanian and Japanese engineers at Al-Baqa, about 18 1/2 miles (30 kms) north-west of Amman, the capital.
Jordan's first satellite earth station is being built by Jordanian and Japanese engineers at Al-Baqa, about 18 1/2 miles (30 kms) north-west of Amman, the capital. Among the first of its kind in the Middle East, the Jordanian earth station has been under construction for the past five months and is expected to be in service in the late 1970's.
The ground station will be operated in the initial stage by both Jordanians and Japanese, but after a year, it is expected that Jordanians will take over full control.
A commercial venture, the station will provide Jordan with telecommunications services with the Atlantic Region countries such as the United States, Europe and North Africa. Officials claim the quality of service provided by the station will be far superior to that presently available.
The centre hub raised into position by the engineers recently weighed about 35 tons and is one of the final stages of the dish construction.
In addition to receiving telephone and television programmes, the station will be able to transmit television transmissions. It is also hoped that other Arab countries, such as Syria and Iraq, will be able to route their telecommunications traffic through the Jordanian station.
A future plan is the construction of another ground station to be built near the site of the Al-Baqa station and will work with the Intelsat 4 satellite. The Al-Baqa station is to be locked on to Intelsat 3. Jordan is one of the seventy members of the Intelsat agreement.