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| 11 December, 2017

Algeria successfully launches telecom satellite

Algeria has fired into orbit Alcomsat-I communication satellite from China.

A Long March 3B rocket carrying Alcomsat-1, Algeria's first telecommunications satellite, takes off at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan province, China December 11, 2017.

A Long March 3B rocket carrying Alcomsat-1, Algeria's first telecommunications satellite, takes off at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan province, China December 11, 2017.

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ALGIERS  -- Algeria has fired into orbit Alcomsat-I communication satellite from China.

Alcomsat-I, with the Algerian flag painted on it, was launched into orbit at 6:40 p.m. GMT, by the Algerian Space Agency (ASAL), in partnership with China, the ASAL said in a press statement Sunday.

It added that the satellite was launched by the Chinese Long March 3B rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Centre, in Sichuan Province.

The Algerian satellite is used for telecommunications, broadcasting and Internet, it pointed out.

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