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The Beatles Said, “It’s Easy,” But the 50th Anniversary of the ‘Our World’ Broadcast Reminds Us That It Wasn’t

By Peter Ostapiuk, Head of Media Product Services In an era when you can send a video of your cat around the globe in the blink of an eye, it seems quaint to recall that just 50 years ago, Intelsat satellites carried the first-ever live international video broadcast, the TV special “Our World.” ...

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Satellites Creating a Route from the Connected Ship to the Smart Ship

By Mark Rasmussen, Vice President & General Manager, Mobility Mark RasmussenVice President & General Manager, Mobility Just a couple of years ago, most talk about providing satellite connectivity to commercial ships at sea revolved around the needs of the crew to be connected to friends and ...

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How Really Epic is Intelsat EpicNG?

 By Melvyn Chen,  Senior Principal Marketing Manager That’s the question I get asked most often when I’m speaking at industry events or meeting with customers. Since EpicNG was announced by Intelsat back in 2012, it created a lot of buzz in the industry with its unique features such as...

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Latin American Video Neighborhood Adding HD Capacity

By Eileen McGowan, Media Product Manager Video neighborhoods are essential for cable distribution because they connect satellites with thousands of downlink antennas representing millions of subscribers, maximizing the potential audience for a content owner or distributor.  A satellite cable ne...

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Game Changer: How We’re Helping Broadcasters Deliver More with Less

By Jack Benjamin, Senior Principal Media Product Marketing Manager Remote newsgathering operation TV news consumption has changed dramatically over the years as consumers are getting their daily dose of news, sports and entertainment from social media or other online news sites. A 2015 Pew Research ...

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“Smart Planes” of the Future

The Sky’s the Limit By Matthieu Richard,  Product Marketing Manager, Aeronautical & Future Market Segments Commercial air travel has been around for more than a century, and it’s come a long way since its humble beginnings. The first commercial flight in 1914 carried one passenger ...

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Maritime Operators Need Increased Satellite Connectivity and Greater Efficiency

By Mark Richman, Director, Product Management, Mobility Services The global maritime industry is passing through some rough seas, as shipping companies face a glutted commercial shipping market that requires greater operating efficiency in order to eke out slim profits from container, commodities a...

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Cost of Cybersecurity Has to Be in the Budget

Cloud computing concept: Golden Cloud With Padlock on digital background, 3d render By Vinit Duggal, Chief Information Security Officer In the 15 years that I have been at Intelsat, we have been able to maintain a strong cybersecurity posture across our networks. We created and evolved a progra...

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True Broadband Will Transform the Seas Starting in 2016

By Matthieu Richard, Product Marketing Manager, Maritime and Aero The maritime sector helps drive the global economy, and it relies on communications to perform. But for decades, the throughput available to vessels has been minimal. Maritime operators have maximized the bandwidth they have had, but ...

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Greater Industry Cooperation Needed to Avoid Space Collisions

By Jean Luc Froeliger, Vice President of Satellite Operations and Engineering Every time a new satellite is launched, a satellite is relocated to a new orbital position or an older one reaches its end of life, the space environment can become a bit more perilous. The global satellite industry over t...

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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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