OPT French Polynesia Secures Pre-launch Capacity on Intelsat’s IS-18 Satellite
Pembroke, Bermuda, 9 October 2008
Intelsat, Ltd., the world’s leading provider of fixed satellite services, announced today that Office des Postes et Telecommunications of French Polynesia (OPT) signed a multi-transponder contract for capacity on Intelsat’s new satellite, IS-18. The contract, which spans the 15-year expected life of the satellite, expands the services currently provided to OPT on Intelsat’s IS-701 satellite.
Recognizing OPT’s need for more robust coverage of its region, Intelsat designed the Ku-band beam on IS-18 to provide coverage of all of French Polynesia. The Ku-band beam’s broader footprint also reaches the Cook Islands. OPT is experiencing growing demand for its domestic and international services, and expects to use Ku-band capacity on the IS-18 satellite for its domestic DTH service, and to offer VSAT and Internet services to its outer islands in the South Pacific.
“Intelsat was the only provider who worked with us and was able to customize a Ku-band solution that addressed our requirements,” said Moana Tatarata, OPT’s Chairman of the Board of Directors. “With this long-term capacity agreement, we will be able to execute our business objectives of introducing enhanced coding techniques that will allow us to deliver additional channels and technologically-advanced network services for our customers. The high-power capacity of the IS-18 also provides us the possibility of introducing HD channels into our programming suite in the future.”
“The rate of adoption of more robust data and video services is accelerating rapidly throughout the Asia-Pacific region,” said Stephen Spengler, Intelsat’s Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing. “Service providers are seeking communication infrastructures, like Intelsat’s, that offer flexibility, reliability and reach for the dissemination of bandwidth-rich content. We look forward to providing our loyal customer OPT the essential transmission services it needs for years to come.”
The IS-18 satellite will provide services to the United States, French Polynesia, Australia, Eastern Asia, New Caledonia and other Pacific islands. The satellite’s C-band payload will serve Eastern Asia, the Pacific and the Western United States and its Ku-band payload will serve French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and the Western United States. Following its successful launch and deployment in 2011, IS-18 will be located at 180º east longitude, replacing Intelsat’s IS-701 spacecraft.