Intelsat unveils plans to deploy next-generation satellite system

Satellite operator Intelsat has unveiled plans to deploy new technology on its satellites that will enable the use of multiple frequency bands, a combination of widebeams and spotbeams and frequency re-use. The Epic NG platform will take the form of a complementary overaly that will be integrated with Intelsat’s existing satellite fleet and global IntelsatONE […]

Intelsat files for IPO

Satellite operator Intelsat is planning to launch an IPO to raise up to US$1.75 billion (€1.37 billion). Intelsat told the US Securities and Exchange Commission that Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley were underwiting the public offering. The company, currently private-equity-backed, posted revenues of about US$2.6 billion and a net loss of US$400 million […]

Intelsat names new media product chief

Satellite operator Intelsat has named Peter Ostapiuk as vice-president, media product management. Ostapiuk will be responsible for implementing product strategies for Intelsat’s media business. He was previously regional vice-president of North America media services for Intelsat, in which role he has been replaced by Mark Rasmussen.

Intelsat successfully launches 22

Intelsat has successfully launched the Intelsat 22 satellite. 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 […]

Intelsat grows fourth quarter revenues

Intelsat increased fourth quarter revenues by two per cent to US$652.9 million (€493 million). Transponder services revenue increased to US$485.6 million from US$464.7 million a year earlier. The satellite operator said it ended 2011 with US$10.7 billion in contracted backlog. CEO Dave McGlade said, “Intelsat delivered steady performance in 2011, led by our government and […]

Intelsat launches New Dawn MCPC media platform in Africa

Intelsat and GlobeCast have launched the Intelsat New Dawn Ku-band Multi-Channel Per Carrier (MCPC) media platform for Africa. As part of the IntelsatONE terrestrial network, the platform will provide services for regional and international programmers looking to expand their distribution to cable and DTH platforms across sub-Saharan Africa. GlobeCast will provide ground and uplink services […]

Etisalat expands reach with Intelsat

Middle Eastern telco Etisalat has signed a multi-year agreement for capacity on the Intelsat 22 satellite, which is scheduled to launched next month. Abu Dhabi-based Etisalat will use the satellite’s capacity to expand the reach of its broadband and GSM backhaul services to its customers in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and central Asia. “We […]

Intelsat strikes trio of African deals

Satellite operator Intelsat has struck deals with three broadcasters for additional capacity over Africa in 2012. Multichoice Africa has expanded its capacity on Intelsat 904 for contribution services, complementing its agreement for DTH capacity on Intelsat 7 at 68.5° East. India-based Zee Entertainment is also to begin distributing programming via the Intelsat 10 and follow-on […]

Du teams up with Intelsat for distribution platform

UAE service provider du has teamed up with satellite operator Intelsat to jointly offer turnkey multichannel per carrier (MCPC) television programme distribution solutions on the Intelsat 10 satellite at 68.5° East. The new MCPC platform, part of the IntelsatONE network, will enable programmers in the Middle East to reach viewers in the Middle East and […]

Intelsat renews deals in Russia and Romania

Satellite operator Intelsat has signed a multi-year, multi-transponder agreement with Russian DTH operator Orion Express. Under the deal, Intelsat will move a Ku-band satellite to 85° East by the first quarter of 2012 to offer extended capacity to Orion for standard- and high-definition content. The satellite will ensures signal reception from Russia’s western borders to […]