ISLAMABAD  - The Paksat-1R, launched on August 11, 2011, is offering innovative and cost effective data and internet services across the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.PAKSAT-1R, Pakistan's first Communications Satellite launched as Pakistan's Space Programme-2040, is an advanced geosynchronous communications satellite operated, managed, built, and controlled by Pakistan Space and Upper Research Commission (Suparco). Talking to APP, Suparco Spokesperson Hassam Khan said the satellite has designated life of 15 years with initial targets to provide broadband the Internet, digital television broadcasting, remote and rural telephony, emergency communications, tele-education and tele-medicine services across South and Central Asia, Eastern Europe, East Africa and the Far East. He said the successful replacement of Paksat-1 with Paksat-1R ensured continuity of service to various national and international customers including, TV broadcasters, Telecom operators, Data and Broadband Internet service providers as well as government organizations.The Paksat-1R is operating from orbital location of 38Ax East Longitude and is offering C and Ku band coverage in over 75 countries across Europe, Africa, Middle East, South and Central Asia, he said.Hassam Khan said using satellite, broadcast and telecommunications services are extended not only to the people in cities but also those living in small isolated islands and sparsely populated rural areas. Moreover, terrestrial infrastructure is vulnerable to natural disasters while satellite links generally remain unaffected under such situations. Satellite also distributes content faster than conventional on-line delivery. It offers last mile access, allowing content to be transmitted directly to users premises bypassing the congested terrestrial bottlenecks and multiple hops, he said.