• China launched a Nigerian communication satellite into orbit early Tuesday with its Long March-3B carrier rocket from southwest Xichang Satellite Launch Centre.

  • The satellite, produced by China Academy of Space Technology, will provide communication, broadcast, internet connection, remote education and navigation services to parts of Africa.

  • China will also provide monitoring and control services for the satellite and support its ground stations. 

  • This was the third time China provided satellite launch service for foreign users this year, following the successful launch of two Pakistani communication satellites. 

  • China plans to launch four to five satellites for foreign users in 2012.