Satellite communications firm Intelsat has announced the launch of two satellites from the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana.
The first is the Horizons 3e satellite, a joint venture between Intelsat and SKY Perfect JSAT that will bring high throughput satellite solutions in both C-and Ku-bands to Asia and the Pacific Ocean region.
The satellite will provide broadband, mobility and government customers with unmatched performance, resiliency and redundancy, says Intelsat, and will commence service in the first quarter of 2019.
“The demand for broadband connectivity has never been greater,” said Stephen Spengler, Intelsat’s chief executive officer. “The proven and unique performance of the Intelsat EpicNG platform, combined with our global wide-beam satellite fleet, enables us to uniquely fulfill customer demands across a wide range of verticals and applications.”
Intelsat, in partnership with Azercosmos, national satellite operator of Azerbaijan, also announced the launch of the Intelsat 38 and Azerspace-2 satellite. The launch, says Spengler, “is a great example of the power and value derived from collaborating with other satellite operators. Intelsat’s partnership with Azercosmos reflects a mutually beneficial collaboration that optimises capital investments, leverages spectrum rights and facilitates expanded capacity for growth.”