BANGKOK - Thailand's first satellite will be launched Dec. 17 at Kourou, French Guiana.
The French company Arianespace is to launch the Thai satellite, Thaicom-1.
The $200 million satellite, built by the Hughes aircraft company, will carry 10 c-band
transponders, with two backups.
Most Thai satellite users currently rent transponders on one of Indonesia's Palapa
Shinawatra holds an eight-year government monopoly on satellite services. The expected
life of the satellite is 15 years. -AP