Intelsat to deliver global mobility network

Intelsat S.A has confirmed the 2012 delivery of its Global Mobility Network, with five satellites to be launched this year.

Intelsat says it will become the first satellite operator to offer continuous worldwide broadband coverage on a single fleet to maritime and aeronautical customers, backed by Automatic Beam Switching technology.

Intelsat's mobility infrastructure will ultimately be comprised of 10 customised Ku-band mobility beams on seven satellites spread around the geostationary belt.

Five satellites will be launched in the next 12 months, starting with Intelsat 22 this month. Intelsat 22 will serve media, government and network services customers in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East with Ku- and C-band capacity.

The satellite will be positioned at 72 degrees East over the Indian Ocean region, joining the previously launched Intelsat 14 and Intelsat 18 satellites with additional mobility beams.

Nairobi-based Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) has signed a multi-year agreement with Intelsat to distribute broadcast programming from production facilities to terrestrial base stations around the country to service its newly launched DTT network. The signals will then be transmitted over the terrestrial airwaves to homes around Kenya. KBC will use capacity on the Intelsat 709 satellite and transition to the new Intelsat 22 satellite once it enters service.

KBC will join Addis Ababa-based ETHIO Telecom, which signed a multi-year, multi-transponder deal for new capacity on Intelsat 709, with follow-on service on Intelsat 22. ETHIO Telecom plans to use the capacity for a new government voice and data network, and for the expansion of a distance learning network that supports high school education in Ethiopia.

Intelsat 22 will also be used by Etisalat UAE, a leading telecommunications services provider in the Middle East, which signed a multi-year, multi-transponder agreement for capacity on Intelsat 22. Etisalat will use Intelsat 22 to expand its broadband and GSM backhaul services in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and central Asia.

Over the next 12 months, Intelsat will complete its mobility fabric with the launches of Intelsat 19, Intelsat 20, Intelsat 21 and Intelsat 27.

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