Why satellites for 3rd-world countries
It has been asked here why Bolivia or Nicaragua would need a satellite. I didn't have a good answer until I read an article in Telegeorgaphy. It is about a project in Bolivia but it offers a clear answer to the question.
The Bolivian government plans to install 1,000 telecentres designed to provide telephony, TV and internet services via the country’s Tupac Katari satellite by March 2014, according to BNamericas, which cites local press reports.
We expect fiber optic cables virtually everywhere but that clearly is not the case in developing countries. That is not the case in rural areas of much of the world. While satellites suck for interactive secure communications (because of the delay introduced by the path to/from the bird), They are still the quickest and easiest to offer service in rural areas. The lower the population density and the nastier the terrain, the more practical they are.