Beijing: China launched a Nigerian communication satellite into orbit early on Tuesday with its Long March-3B carrier rocket from southwest Xichang Satellite Launch Centre. The satellite, produced by China Academy of Space Technology, will provide communication, broadcast, internet connection, remote education and navigation services to parts of Africa, Europe and Asia.

China will also provide monitoring and control services for the satellite and support its ground stations.

This was the third time China provided satellite launch service for foreign users this year, following the successful launch of two Pakistani communication satellites.

China plans to launch four to five satellites for foreign users in 2012.