Intelsat to launch 37e satellite next week

Intelsat is due to launch its fifth EpicNG high throughput satellite, Intelsat 37e, from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, next week. Intelsat 37e is due to be launched by Arianespace on an Ariane 5 launch vehicle on September 5, 2017 at 5:51 pm eastern daylight time. Intelsat’s C, Ku- and Ka-bands will […]

Intelsat turns in improved performance

Satellite operator Intelsat saw its second quarter revenues drop by about 1.6% year-on-year to US$533.2 million (€457.2 million). However EBITDA edged up from US$404 million to US$407.3 million, and the company turned in a net loss of US$24 million against a loss of US$116 million for the same period last year. While network services declined […]

Intelsat adopts new structure and hires TWC exec for media

Intelsat has reorganised its management team with a new structure based on its three core business areas, and three new leadership appointments covering broadband, mobility and media businesses respectively. The media business will be led by Robert Cerbone, who is joining the company from Time Warner Cable, where he most recently served as vie-president and […]

Intelsat 35e successfully launched

Intelsat’s newest satellite, Intelsat 35e, has successfully launched after two false starts earlier this week. Intelsat 35e launched last night aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle from Cape Canaveral, Florida. It separated from the rocket’s upper stage 32 minutes after launch and Intelsat said that signal acquisition has been confirmed. “The successful launch of […]

Intelsat 35e launch scrapped for second time in two days

The launch of Intelsat’s new satellite, Intelsat 35e, has been aborted at the last moment for the second time in two days. Yesterday’s launch from Cape Canaveral on a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle was halted 10 seconds before the planned take-off time, prior to rocket ignition. SpaceX attributed the stand-down to “a violation of […]

Intelsat targets East Africa with new Kenya office

Intelsat has opened a new sales office in Nairobi, Kenya, in a bid to up its support for the telecoms and media sectors in East Africa. The satellite operator said the office will enhance its responsiveness to customers, communications services and media companies operating in the East Africa region. “Our decision to open an office […]

Intelsat-OneWeb deal collapses over failed debt swap

Intelsat said it expects its planned Softbank-backed merger with affordable internet provider, OneWeb, to now be terminated after failing to agree a debt exchange agreement. The satellite operator said that its offer to swap outstanding senior unsecured notes had not been accepted and that the minimum tender conditions for the offer had not been satisfied. […]

Globecast strikes deal with Intelsat for TRT World distribution

Globecast has struck a multi-year deal with satellite operator Intelsat to take the English-language version of Turkish news channel TRT world into the Americas and Asia. Globecast will use Intelsat satellites to distribute the English version of TRT World in high definition format to cable outlets in Asia and the Americas via the Intelsat 20 […]

Intelsat media revenues up in Q1

Intelsat’s media revenues climbed 6% year-on-year in Q1 with growth in DTH services in Latin America, the Carribean and Africa partially offset by declines in Asia Pacific and North America. Media revenue came to US$225.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017, and made up 42% of Intelsat’s total revenue. The two other […]

Satellite operators ‘set on high-risk strategy’ as competition tightens

Satellite operators are becoming more aggressively competitive and are seeking to diversify away from broadcast to invest in high-throughput satellites and low and medium-Earth orbit constellations as capacity prices tumble and debts continue to mount, according to a new report by Northern Sky Research (NSR). According to NSR’s Satellite Operator Financial Analysis 7th edition, top […]