Turkey's sixth communications satellite will be launched on June 30, Turkey's only communications satellite operator announced yesterday. "Türksat plans to launch [the satellite] by June 30 this year. The satellite is expected to be in testing until mid-August," Türksat's Chief Executive Officer Ensar Gül, told Anadolu Agency on Monday. Türksat 4B, weighing close to 5,000 kilograms and boasting a bandwidth of 3400 megahertz, will accommodate 43 communication channels. The satellite will include southwestern Asia, comprising Turkey and parts of Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia in its coverage area. The Türksat 4B satellite will provide data and Internet services to companies and domestic users in addition to TV broadcasting. Gül said that with Türksat 4B Internet services, provider fees will be cheaper in Turkey. The Türksat 4B telecommunication satellite was jointly produced by Turkish and Japanese engineers in the Mitsubishu Electric Company's production plant in Kamakura, Japan. The last time Turkey launched a satellite was in February 2014. The Türksat 4A communications satellite was launched from the Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan.
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