The satellite took off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan this morning. It will provide C- and Ku-band capacity for media, government and network services customers in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Once operational in May, it will replace Intelsat 709 at 72° East and is expected to have a useful life of approximately 18 years.
“Intelsat delivers broadband infrastructure everywhere, and the successful launch of Intelsat 22 delivers enhanced satellite capacity for telecommunications leaders in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe, such as the UAE’s Etisalat and Ethio Telecom of Ethiopia,” said Intelsat CEO Dave McGlade.
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