Beijing: China has launched a communications satellite for Pakistan from its Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan province, a newspaper reported on Friday.

Launched at 0:15 am on Friday, the satellite - PAKSAT-1R - was carried by a Long March-3B carrier rocket, according to the launch centre.  It is China's first in-orbit delivery to Asian customers and also the first commercial satellite export to international users this year.  

PAKSAT-1R will provide a range of services, including broadband internet, telecom and broadcasting, covering some regions of Europe, South Asia, the Middle East, and the eastern Africa. 

The contract for the PAKSAT-1R was signed in 2008 between China Great Wall Industry Corporation and the Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission of Pakistan.   

In 1990, Pakistan's first low-orbit satellite, BADR-A, was launched by China with Long March 2E rocket.