Intelsat, Etisalat sign ‘satellite’ agreement
Luxembourg, February 28, 2012
Leading provider of satellite services, Intelsat SA has signed a multi-year agreement with Etisalat for capacity on Intelsat 22, scheduled to launch in late March.
As part of the multi-transponder agreement, Abu Dhabi-based Etisalat will utilise the satellite’s capacity to expand the reach of its broadband and GSM backhaul services to its customers in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and central Asia, said a statement.
Ali Amiri, executive vice president of carrier and wholesale services for Etisalat, said: “This important agreement will provide Etisalat with the capability to meet the growing communications requirements of our customers.”
“We continue to work closely with premier telecommunications providers like Etisalat to help them expand their global footprint,” said Jean Philippe Gillet, Intelsat’s regional vice president of sales for Europe and the Middle East. “Intelsat 22 is the first of five satellites expected to launch in 2012 that will provide additional capacity over key regions like the Middle East, Africa and Asia.”
The satellite will carry two Ku-band mobility beams providing coverage of the Indian Ocean region, which will blanket vital maritime and aeronautical routes, the statement said.
In addition, Intelsat 22 will have Ku-band capacity serving the Middle East and eastern Africa. Its C-band hemi beams coverage provides connectivity to and from most of Europe, Africa, the Middle East and eastern Asia.
Intelsat 22 will replace Intelsat 709, and will serve the Indian Ocean region from 72ºE, it said. – TraeArabia News Service