Beijing: China on Friday successfully put a French telecom satellite into space from its Xichang launch centre. A Long March-III2 carrier rocket, launched from Xichang in Southern China, put the W3C telecom satellite into orbit on Friday afternoon.

The launch marked the first time for China to cooperate with a European satellite operator since the signing of a China-France satellite launch agreement in 2008.

The W3C satellite was built by Thales Alenia Space, a French satellite manufacturer and is owned by Eutelsat, a leading provider of satellite communication services.

The W3C has a designed lifespan of 15 years and will provide television, radio, broadband, video and internet service.