ABS & Co advises on launch of Pakistan’s latest satellite

We’ve advised on the launch of Pakistan’s latest communication satellite PAKSAT MM1.

ABS & Co’s lead by Amna Warsi and Ayasha Warsi, who lead the practice group on aviation law, have successfully advised the Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) on the launch of Pakistan’s latest communicate satellite PAKSAT MM1. This is the second satellite launched by Pakistan.

Our team provided specialist advice to SUPARCO on the transaction including negotiation of contracts with the Chinese counter-party, overseeing and advising on insurance matters and agreements while giving an overall legal take on the transaction structure involved in this technological cooperation between China and Pakistan.

PAKSAT MM1 was conceived keeping in light the growing needs of the country in the board-spectrum of communication and connectivity. This satellite project is a hallmark of technological cooperation between Peoples Republic of China and Pakistan.

According to a spokesperson from the Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (Suparco), the five-tonne satellite is outfitted with the latest communication technology, promising to revolutionize internet connectivity across Pakistan and provide the fastest internet facility throughout the country. The satellite is set to be positioned in a geostationary orbit 36,000 kilometres above Earth, a process that will take approximately three to four days, the spokesperson said. He added that the satellite will play an important role in the promotion of economic activities besides e-commerce, and e-governance.

On this major milestone for the country, Amna Warsi who is expert on aviation matters commented that “technological progress in the global community has led towards substantial advancement in communication and connectivity and that the launch of PAKSAT MM1 would further integrate Pakistan into the global technological world.” Ayesha Warsi added that “the transaction is a testament of our law firm’s expertise in aviation, space and telecommunication laws in Pakistan”.

Amna and Ayahsa have previously acted as counsels to the Civil Aviation Authority whom they advised for more than a decade.

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