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DATE=4/3/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-247600 TITLE=INDIA/SATELLITE (L-ONLY) -- CQ BYLINE=ANJANA PASRICHA DATELINE=NEW DELHI CONTENT= VOICED AT: (EDS: RE-RUNNING TO INSERT DROPPED PREPOSITION - OF - IN INTRO; NO OTHER CHANGES.) INTRO: INDIA HAS ENTERED THE GLOBAL TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES MARKET WITH THE LAUNCH OF A NEW SATELLITE FROM FRENCH GUYANA. FROM NEW DELHI, ANJANA PASRICHA HAS A REPORT. TEXT: SCIENTISTS AT THE INDIAN SPACE RESEARCH ORGANIZATION SAY THE SATELLITE LAUNCHED EARLY SATURDAY IS INDIA'S MOST ADVANCED SATELLITE. IT'S FOOTPRINT (I.E. COVERAGE AREA) COVERS ASIA AND AUSTRALIA. THE SATELLITE -- CALLED INSAT-2E -- IS EXPECTED TO GIVE A BOOST TO THE COUNTRY'S TELECOMMUNICATION AND METEOROLOGICAL SERVICES. MORE SIGNIFICANTLY, INDIA HAS MADE A BREAKTHROUGH IN THE GLOBAL TELECOMMUNICATION MARKET BY FINDING A FOREIGN CUSTOMER TO USE THE SATELLITE'S FACILITIES. THE 104-NATION WASHINGTON-BASED CONSORTIUM, INTELSAT, HAS BOUGHT MORE THAN HALF OF INSAT- 2E'S CAPACITY FOR 100 MILLION DOLLARS. THIS WILL ENABLE INTELSAT TO EXPAND ITS FACILITIES IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC REGION. SO FAR, INDIAN COMMUNICATION SATELLITES PROVIDED ONLY INDIGENOUS SERVICES. BUT IN RECENT YEARS, INDIA HAS FOCUSED ATTENTION ON EXPLORING THE BUSINESS POTENTIAL OF ITS SATELLITES. IT ALSO WANTS TO ENTER THE COMMERCIAL SATELLITE LAUNCH BUSINESS. THE 50-MILLION DOLLAR SATELLITE IS EXPECTED TO STAY IN EARTH ORBIT FOR 12 YEARS -- THE LONGEST PERIOD FOR AN INDIAN SATELLITE. INDIAN PRIME MINISTER ATAL BEHARI VAJPAYEE SAYS THE SATELLITE'S LAUNCH WILL HELP TRANSFORM THE LIVES OF MILLIONS OF INDIANS. INDIA HAS SPENT BILLIONS OF DOLLARS ON ITS SPACE PROGRAM -- SOMETIMES ATTRACTING CRITICISM FOR INVESTING MONEY IN HIGH TECHNOLOGY AREAS RATHER THAN IMPROVING BASIC SERVICES SUCH AS HEALTH AND LITERACY. (SIGNED) NEB/AP/GE 03-Apr-99 10:20 AM EST (1520 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .