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2017 Outlook for Europe

European Consumers Watch More and Expect More – But Are Frugal When They Have to Pay for Content and Connectivity By Joost Hageman, Senior Principal Regional Marketing Manager Like much of the developed world, consumers in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa are looking for better access to n...

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2017 Trends in Broadband

Broadband …Moving Closer to Delivering the High-Quality Online Experience to End Users Who Go Where the Work Takes Them Karen Emery, Director, Product Management, Broadband The demand for connectivity anywhere, anytime and to any device, will continue to grow in 2017, both in traditional sectors s...

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2017 Outlook for Latin America

Addressing Growing Connectivity Demands in Latin America By Pilar Bonilla, Senior Principal Regional Marketing Manager, Latin America Alexander Graham Bell was reciting Hamlet’s “to be or not to be” when the Brazilian Emperor Pedro II picked up the receiver of the telephone invente...

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2017 Trends in Media

Media Sector Stretches in 2017 as it Looks to Become All Things to All Viewers Peter Ostapiuk, Head of Media Product Services, Intelsat The embrace of linear over-the-top (OTT) and time-shifted viewing along with the growing use of mobile devices by end users has been driving change in the media sec...

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2017 Outlook for Africa

Telecom and Media Markets in Africa will embrace the unique opportunity of Mobile growth By Arsene Sol-Loza, Senior Principal Regional Marketing Manager, Africa Africa is the world’s fastest growing mobile phone market, yet over 300 million of the continent’s 1.13 billion residents still lack ac...

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Satellites to Provide Vital Link to Connected Cars

Jay Yass, Vice President, Business Development Terrestrial Wi-Fi and cellular networks support just a portion of the grid that will be required to allow fully autonomous vehicles to navigate city streets and highways. Satellites will play an equally important role in delivering secure software updat...

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2017 Trends in Mobility

Moving Closer to Delivering the Home WiFi Experience to Users on the Move Mark Richman, Director, Product Management, Mobility The mobility sector remains one of the most dynamic and growing opportunities for broadband providers, driven by the demand that end users want to remain connected at all ti...

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How Developing Countries in Asia Are Leapfrogging Other Developed Nations in the Way They Access the Internet

By Melvyn Chen, Marketing In the opening chapter of Steven Levy’s book, “In the Plex – How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives,” he writes about joining a team of Google associate product managers (APM), a select group pegged as the company’s future leaders, on a trip to a remote vi...

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Satellite’s Second Act: HTS Takes the Stage

Some of the top articles of 2016 reveal shifts across the satellite sector In 2016, High Throughput Satellite (HTS) fleets moved from the drawing board to reality, as Inmarsat and Intelsat ramp up services on new platforms that bring unprecedented capabilities to satellite users. It is clear, based ...

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For Africa, Offering Innovation in the Sky and on the Ground

By Nick Dowsett Director, IntelsatOne Managed Solutions Several of my colleagues and I have just returned from the recent AfricaCom conference in South Africa, where we witnessed a lot of talk and excitement about how Intelsat’s new generation of high-performance satellites, Intelsat EpicNG, is go...

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Intelsat’s New NOC Designed for Smoother Customer Service

By Ruben Marentes Director, Intelsat Network Operations Center When all is going smoothly, the job of making sure Intelsat customers are able to transmit and receive voice, video and data through our global satellite and ground network doesn’t draw much attention. Thinking about it probably conju...

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Digital Television Slowly Coming to African Viewers

By Annemarie Meijer A decade ago, the International Telecommunications Union set an ambitious goal of having all of Africa’s broadcast companies converted to digital terrestrial television by mid-2015. Digital broadcasting uses less spectrum than analog signals, and the ITU intended that the conve...

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HTS Satellite Coverage Will Offer Better Economics and Services to Africa

By Brian Jakins For many Africans, high-throughput satellites are coming into service just in time. Falling oil prices have hurt the western part of the continent. Many telecommunications companies have been forced to consolidate, or have cut back on capital spending for new network services. Less f...

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HBO Marks 25 Years as a Pioneer of Content Distribution to Latin America Using Intelsat Satellites

By Carmen Gonzalez-Sanfeliu, Regional Vice President Latin America Regardless of whether you view your content on the television, tablet or phone, satellite remains the backbone of how the programming is delivered to cable and DTH outlets. This is particularly true in Latin America and the Caribbean...

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The State of Global Broadband Connectivity

While it may seem like everyone has 24/7/365 broadband connectivity, it’s far from reality for many parts of the world. There are still vast populations around the globe that are unconnected or plagued by an unreliable or non-existent infrastructure. These markets present enormous opportunities fo...

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Newly Launched IS-36 Enhances Resiliency For Media Customers in the Indian Ocean Region

By Terry Bleakley, Regional Vice President, Asia-Pacific Sales Television broadcasters and cable providers that rely on satellites for program delivery don’t want “almost” 100% reliability — they want exactly 100%, with no chance whatsoever that a signal might fail and cut off a video f...

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Newly Launched IS-36 Enhances Resiliency For Media Customers in the Indian Ocean Region

Television broadcasters and cable providers that rely on satellites for program delivery don’t want “almost” 100% reliability — they want exactly 100%, with no chance whatsoever that a signal might fail and cut off a video feed. Intelsat builds value for broadcasters at its video neighbo...

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At IBC and VSAT, Talk Abounds of Challenges and Evolving Technologies

Before the recent IBC and VSAT conferences fade too far from memory, we want to share some of the insights Intelsat’s leaders gained at these events after attending presentations and talking to customers. Below, Intelsat’s attendees discuss the most talked-about challenges, and the main technolo...

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Taking HTS from Promise to Full Potential

By Stephen Spengler, Chief Executive Officer Over the course of the past year, I have talked enthusiastically about the many growth opportunities present in the delivery of telecommunications services. However, I have also expressed concern that our segment of the industry is lagging others in aggre...

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SET Expo Highlights 15%-30% Efficiency Gains Delivered by Intelsat EpicNG , Newtec and Casablanca Online for 4K-UHDTV Distribution

By Carmen Gonzalez-Sanfeliu, Intelsat’s Regional Vice President, Latin America and the Caribbean In order to satiate consumer demand for higher quality and more immersive viewing experiences from any device, media companies and broadcasters are pushing for further innovation across the ecosystem. ...

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Emerging Markets: The New Battleground for Enterprise Network Service Providers

The IP business is booming as enterprises expand their use of VoIP, video and other real-time applications. Service providers continue to compete fiercely for this business, but there is no denying one fact: the battleground is shifting. The real growth opportunity for enterprise networks isn’t go...

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The Launch of Intelsat 36: Testing Complete

By Jon Harborne, Senior Program Manager, Intelsat Spacecraft Program Office On Monday, 25 July, the Intelsat 36 satellite arrived in Cayenne, French Guiana. It had been shipped by an Antonov aircraft from Moffet Field, California. Early on the morning of the 25th, the satellite was carefully unloade...

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The Launch of Intelsat 33e: Let the Campaign Begin!

By Brian Sing, Senior Program Manager, Space Systems Last week was very exciting with the arrival of the Intelsat 33e satellite in French Guiana. The arrival of the satellite signaled the official start of preparing Intelsat 33e for launch on 24 August 2016 aboard an Ariane 5 vehicle. At the Boeing ...

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Working Double-Time: Intelsat’s Next Launch

Intelsat has launched two satellites already in 2016: Intelsat 29e, the first of our Intelsat EpicNG high throughput satellites was launched in January, and Intelsat 31, providing media services over Latin America, was launched in May. Next on our schedule is the dual launch of Intelsat 33e and Inte...

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Can Bandwidth Supply Keep up with Maritime Demand?

By Chris Insall, Senior Principal Product Manager, Maritime Services In the next few years, demand for bandwidth on the high seas will grow, in no small part due to technology that is making operations more efficient and keeping crews and passengers healthy, happy and connected. Just a few years ago...

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How Satellite Can Provide an Essential Lifeline

Don’t let the clear skies in the photo fool you. Switch, Inc., a customer of Intelsat, was on site at the recovery center near Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, where a raging fire displaced more than 80,000 people since it sparked on the first of May. As the smoke began to clear, the still smolderi...

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Intelsat 31 Launch: All Systems are Go!

By Todd Schilb, Senior Program Manager, Space Systems Acquisition As I write this post, we are in the final phase of the launch campaign for the Intelsat 31 satellite. The Integrated Launch Vehicle (ILV), comprised of the Proton rocket and the fairing safely stowing the IS-31 satellite, is fully ass...

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Intelsat 31 Launch: Combined Operations Underway

By Todd Schilb, Senior Program Manager, Space Systems Acquisition Hello from Baikonur! All systems are GO for the launch of Intelsat 31 on Wednesday, 8 June. Those of us on site at the Cosmodrome have been working for several days now on the combined operations. We concluded the standalone effort of...

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Tough Questions Airlines Should Ask Before Making Connectivity Commitments

High-throughput satellite (HTS) systems are poised to transform the future of aviation, delivering incredibly fast speeds that make it possible for airlines to meet growing passenger connectivity demand and improve aircraft efficiency to minimize delays, ensure faster turnaround times and transform ...

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Intelsat 31 Launch: The Baikonur Cosmodrome

By Brian Sing, Senior Program Manager, Space Systems Acquisition The launch mission for Intelsat 31, which features the DLA-2 Ku-band payload for DIRECTV Latin America, is well underway here at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Many of you know how historical Baikonur is. It was here the first sate...

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