Arianespace has formally announced it will launch the first satellite for Vietnam in the first half of 2008.
Digital broadcasts for radio and TV will be part of the telecommunications uses transponders will be used for.
Arianspace was awarded the contract by Viet Nam Post and Telecommunications Group (VNPT).
Vinasat-1 is to be manufactured by Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems.
Vinasat-1 will have an Asia-Pacific regionwide footprint.