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Why our market-based C-band proposal is impractical for other parts of the world By Hazem Moakkit, Intelsat’s Vice President of Spectrum Strategy For at least the past decade, Intelsat and other satellite operators have been urging regulators to protect C-band from encroachment by mobile network...

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Three Things on Which We’ll Never Compromise

By Kurt Riegelman, Intelsat’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing In the few weeks since we announced that we partnered with Intel Corporation to submit a creative, market-based, joint-use C-band proposal to the FCC, we have had many discussions with our broadcast customers regarding our ...

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How Satellite Networks Can Protect Connected Cars from Getting Hacked

By Vinit Duggal, Chief Information Security Officer, Intelsat Hardly a week goes by without the announcement of another large database of consumer information being hacked by unknown cyber criminals. The breach of credit card or identity data is serious, but the potential harm is mostly financial. ...

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New Service Models Will Expand Connectivity in Africa to Deliver the Benefits to More People

By Jean-Philippe Gillet Broadband connectivity is essential to driving economic growth and bringing essential services to communities, and satellites are the best way to deliver this connectivity to remote regions and areas where terrestrial services are just not feasible. Today, Africa is going thr...

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New, Flexible Satellite Solutions Improve Maritime Efficiency

By Mark Rasmussen With more than a decade of experience providing critical satellite capacity to the global maritime industry, Intelsat is keenly aware of the challenges faced by service providers who deliver satellite connectivity across all the maritime sectors we serve. Those sectors include com...

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Supporting the Expansion of Regional Banking and Economic Growth in Africa with High Throughput Satellite Networks

Jean-Philippe Gillet, Intelsat’s Vice President and General Manager, Broadband Many growing businesses would like to expand their operations to capture more revenue opportunities, and these owners often take it for granted that the banking services necessary for facilitating payroll and other...

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Getting Ahead of the Change

Protecting satellite C-band spectrum and accelerating 5G growth Imagine the chaos that would ensue if airlines suddenly had to share the same airport gates with buses. Neither mode of transportation would be able to function properly, leading to unacceptable service to customers of both transports. ...

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Connecting the Unconnected Requires more than Just Improved Technology

Jean-Philippe Gillet, Intelsat’s Vice President and General Manager, Broadband The fact that nearly 4 billion people around the world do not have access to internet connectivity is an oft-cited figure in the telecoms industry. Even more noteworthy, nearly three-quarters of those unconnected ...

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Reaching Multi-Cultural Audiences in North America to Maximize Content Distribution

By Rob Cerbone, Intelsat’s Vice President and General Manager, Media Services Viewers migrating to other countries miss many aspects of their homeland. Television programming need not be on the list.  For content producers, there is an opportunity to find a vastly engaged audience for your co...

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Are you Making the Most of Your LATAM Programming Opportunities?

By Jack Benjamin, Intelsat As connectivity becomes more pervasive the world over, the demand for high-quality programming is growing across regions. In recent years, the Latin American market has emerged as an area poised for expansion; the region currently boasts 620 million cable consumers, more a...

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Broadcasting beyond the Congestion: How Satellites Can Strengthen Live TV Coverage through Blended Network Delivery

By Peter Ostapiuk, Head of Media Services, Intelsat The options available to broadcasters for getting live video from the scene of a breaking news or sporting event back to the studio or production facility have never been greater—or more confusing! While newsgathering trucks, equipped with conven...

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Advanced vehicle antennas will enable high-throughput satellite connections

By Mark Rasmussen, Vice President & General Manager, Mobility New cars have been equipped with satellite antennas since the early 2000s, when both satellite radio and GPS navigation first became widely available to motorists. But those automotive antennas, typically a shark-fin shaped appendage ...

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Using HTS to Unlock Broadband Penetration Across Oceania

Robert Suber, Managing Sales Director, Asia Pacific Connectivity is an integral part of transforming community life and has proven socio-economic benefits. According to independent studies cited by the International Telecommunications Union, a 10 percent increase in broadband penetration results in ...

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For Faster Inflight Wi-Fi, the Satellites Have Arrived and the Antennas Are on the Way

By Mark Rasmussen, Vice President & General Manager, Mobility  Anyone who has tried to connect to the Internet from an airplane over the past couple of years has experienced the quality progression of inflight Wi-Fi. Passengers have gone from no connectivity initially to having the ability ...

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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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