Mexico plans to launch a nearly six-ton Centenario satellite, the second in the state-owned Mexsat system, in the first half of 2014, the Communications and Transportation Secretariat said.

The U.S.-made satellite is part of the Geomovil family from Boeing and will go into orbit 36,000 kilometers (22,369 miles) above the equator, the secretariat said.

The Centenario satellite will be launched from the Baikonur space complex in Kazakhstan and will have an operating life of 15 years, providing service on the "L" band. It will offer expanded broadband capacity, covering all of Mexico, Central America and northern South America, the secretariat said.

The Mexsat system is made up of Bicentenario, a stationary communications satellite, and two mobile communications satellites, the Centenario and Morelos III, as well as two control and communications centers.

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