The Vietnam Post and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) officially took control of its second satellite, the VINASAT-2, at a ceremony in Hanoi on July 4.

At the event, the General Director of the US-based contractor Lockheed Martin, Joe Rickers, presented the certificate of ownership to VNPT which plans to offer satellite services this month, saying the launching of VINASAT-2 into orbit was a great success.

Pham Long Tran, the Chairman of VNPT’s Board of Directors, said that four years after launching its first satellite VINASAT 1 in 2008, Vietnam ’s latest satellite is equipped with even more advanced technologies.

The two satellites will form part of a network which provides more reliable and quality services than many others in the region and the world, said Tran.

In the past, specialists from Lockheed Martin and Telesat Canada had conducted inspections to ensure that VINASAT-2 was functioning perfectly and on June 21 they signed an agreement verifying its quality.

Lockheed Martin will send two specialists to Vietnam to provide more assistance during the next three months.-VNA