Turkey joint in new telecommunications satellite family

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Turksat 4B satellite was produced by Turkish and Japanese engineers at Mitsubishi Electric Corp.

Turkey has launched its TURKSAT 4B communications satellite, the country’s sixth to be put into orbit,  from the Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan on Friday night.

The Turksat 4B telecommunication satellite was jointly produced by Turkish and Japanese engineers at Mitsubishi Electric Corp.

It was designed for mission durations of 15 years and beyond, according to the Turkish Communications Ministry.

It will cover South Western Asia, including Turkey, Africa, Europe, Middle East and Central Asia.

Turkish officials say Turksat 4B will reduce Internet services provider fees and speed up access.