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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 vid...

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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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Three Ways the Globalized Network will Connect Businesses and Communities in Africa

By Brian Jakins, Regional Vice President, Africa It’s no understatement to say the infrastructure of Africa is complicated. The continent’s topology, economics and regulatory environments vary by country and region – which is no minor detail with 52 countries and thousands of different ethnic ...

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Broadband: Bridging the Digital Divide

Advances in information technology and communications continue to spur economic growth around the world, but they also highlight a growing disparity between the haves and have-nots. According to the Internet.org Report on Global Internet Access, 4.1 billion of the world’s citizens are unconnected....

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Intelsat 31 Launch: To Baikonur and Beyond!

By Jon Harborne, Senior Manager, Intelsat Spacecraft Program Office On 28 May 2016, Intelsat will launch the Intelsat 31 (IS-31) satellite, which features the DLA-2 Ku-band payload for DIRECTV Latin America. The satellite will launch into orbit aboard an International Launch Services (ILS) Proton ro...

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Three Steps to Unlock the Promise of High Throughput Satellites

By Mark Rasmussen, Vice President, Americas High throughput satellites (HTS) have much to offer in terms of power and, well, throughput. What isn’t quite as clear is how best for customers to implement an HTS solution that meets their needs. At Intelsat, we believe that there is no one-size-fits-a...

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Rio 2016: Setting the Stage for the Games of the Future

By Peter Ostapiuk, Head of Media Product Services The upcoming 2016 Summer Games in Rio will showcase the top athletes from around the globe as well as the cutting edge technologies that deliver this unifying event to the world. As the media landscape continues to shift and viewers’ demands evolv...

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Media: Embracing New Markets, New Formats

The media sector of today is hardly recognizable from a decade ago. There are few businesses that have embraced globalization to the extent of the media sector. Not only is there a need to distribute content internationally, maximizing viewership, there is also a need to create new formats...

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Intelsat 29e Completes In-Orbit Testing: The Start of an “EpicNG” Era

By Duy Nguyen, Senior Program Manager, Space Systems Acquisition It has been a while since we wrote on the Intelsat blog about Intelsat 29e, our flagship high throughput satellite that was launched on 27 January 2016. As I pondered writing this post, I couldn’t help but reflect back on all of the ...

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Making the Mobilized, Globalized

When we hear the statistic that 4.1 billion of the world’s citizens are unconnected, we tend to picture remote villages of Alaska or isolated communities in the bush in Africa. And though those places may have little or no broadband Internet access, there is another population of people who becom...

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Airborne Satellite Service — Helping the Military See Clearly

By Skot Butler, Vice President, Satellite Networks & Space Services This month, I was honored to speak on a panel at the Satellite 2016 show at National Harbor across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. The subject of the panel was government airborne satellite services. Civil and militar...

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Bringing the Globalized Network to Life: Government

As government and defense organizations continue to face budgetary constraints, an increasingly sophisticated threat environment and greater competition for dominance in space, commercial satellite operators have an important opportunity to play a key role in their success. Last week we made two an...

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What’s Holding Back the Adoption of Hosted Payloads?

By Kay Sears, President, Intelsat General Corporation The American military faces an inflection point in space. Potential adversaries are aggressively developing new space capabilities in response to decades of U.S. preeminence. The Department of Defense (DoD)  must respond to these developments in...

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Rise of HTS in 2016 to Lead to Seismic Shifts

By Karen Emery, Director, Product Management, Broadband Services Adapting to insatiable consumer and business demands, the increasing prominence of the smartphone, the emergence of software defined networks, and concerns about security, fixed and mobile network operators are adjusting business model...

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Introducing the Intelsat Globalized Network!

After much anticipation and discussion of the aspiration for ubiquitous, worldwide connectivity, we are excited to introduce the Intelsat Globalized Network – the first and only network of its kind that lets anyone connect with anyone else, anywhere on the planet. With the Intelsat Globalized Netw...

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Perspective: Paving the Way for the Biggest Moments to Come

Today we are experiencing a sea change in communications technology. The last decade alone has witnessed an explosion in mobile devices, big data, social networking and the Internet of Things (IoT), to name just a few of the trends affecting our world. According to an Ericsson report, 70% of the wo...

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Perspective: Localization Requires Globalization

The digital age has made it easier than ever to reach new audiences worldwide, yet there are still enormous barriers that stand in the way of creating more personalized relationships with customers, regardless of location. New media formats and flexible programming strategies, along with innovative ...

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