Intelsat has partnered with the national satellite operator of Azerbaijan, Azercosmos, to launch a new satellite that will be located at the 45 degrees East orbital position.
The Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38 satellite is scheduled to launch in 2017 and will provide continuity of service for the Intelsat 12 satellite currently stationed at 45° East.
This orbital location currently hosts DTH platforms and provides connectivity for corporate network services in Africa. The new Intelsat 38 satellite will also provide services across Central and Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa.
For Azercosmos, the new satellite will allow it to build on the services it provides through its Azerspace-1 satellite, giving it more capacity and coverage to support increasing demand in the region for DTH, government and network services.
The two companies said they will collaborate on the design of the Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38 satellite use their respective strengths and capabilities during the manufacturing and operational phases of development.
“The demand for satellite capacity in our coverage markets, which include CIS, African and Asian countries, continues to grow and with Azerspace-2, it further underscores our commitment to deliver satellite services to the region. With our second telecommunications satellite, we will be in a stronger position to meet the increasing demand for broadband and media applications,” said Rashad Nabiyev, chairman and chief executive officer, Azercosmos.
Stephen Spengler, deputy chief executive officer, Intelsat, said: “Our collaboration will enable us to create additional capacity by leveraging our existing assets and maximizing the value of our orbital rights. As a result, Intelsat 38 will be strongly positioned to support the growth objectives of our customers at this orbital location, including leading DTH platforms in the fast growing Central Eastern Europe and Asia Pacific regions and connectivity for corporate network services in Africa.”