INTERSPUTNIK International Organisation of Space Communications was established in 1971 by the governments of nine states, including Bulgaria. Nowadays the system is operated on commercial basis, involving the governments of 26 countries.
The organization has 18 satellites on geostationary orbit capable of serving the territory of South America, the Far East, Asia and Africa. About 40 transponders with a capacity of 36 MHz each are used in Europe.
The governance structure of the organization consists of a Board, which is the main governing body; an Operations Committee that manages the operational activity and a Directorate - a permanent executive and administrative body, headed by a Director General and a Deputy Director General.