"Advanced technology will be used in the production of the Zohre satellite, and modern telecom equipment will be installed," a center source told Itar-Tass on Friday.
A ground station on Iranian territory will control the satellite, and the Reshetnev Center will train the ground station's personnel and give technical support to the satellite operation.
Zohre will provide access for civilian telecom services, including telephone communication, television and radio broadcast and transmission of Internet data throughout Iran.
The project is to be completed within 30-36 months.
The satellite will stay in orbit for 15 years. France's Alcatel Space is a subcontractor of the Reshetnev Center in the project.
An agreement to design and launch the first Iranian satellite was signed in Tehran on January 30. The contract costs $132 million. Local sources say that Iran plans to order another satellite from Russia.
The Reshetnev Center is Russia's leading designer and manufacturer of information satellites. It designed and assembled two-thirds of all satellites of Russia currently in orbit.
All in all the center has designed over 1,100 satellites, including Express-AM advanced telecom satellites.
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