Intelsat, Avanti launch Intelsat 39 and HYLAS 3 satellites

07 August 2019 | Natalie Bannerman

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Intelsat and Avanti have confirmed the successful launch of its Intelsat 39 and HYLAS 3 satellites.

Taking place at the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana both satelittes were aboard an Arianespace Ariane 5 launch vehicle. Maxar Technologies manufactured the Intelsat 39 satellite while the European Space Agency (ESA), MDA, Airbus and OHB, partnered to manufacture HYLAS 3. 

Once operational, Intelsat 39 will provide video distribution and connectivity services for mobile network operators, enterprises, governmental entities, as well as aeronautical and maritime service providers in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

“Intelsat 39 adds to the breadth of services and vast geographic reach that our global network provides,” said Stephen Spengler, CEO of Intelsat. “Businesses and communities across three continents will have greater access to robust, reliable and resilient connectivity services whenever and wherever they need it.”

Designed with wide-beams and high-powered steerable beams, Intelsat 39 will deliver fast agile connectivity services. While the steerable beams will offer additional flexibility, enabling customers to quickly re-position their service on-demand. Additionally, the satellite C- and Ku-band capabilities will add scale to its Intelsat Flex managed services, enhancing mobile connectivity for aeronautical, maritime, enterprise, and government customers operating across these geographies.

The satellite will also support C- and Ku-band satellite services for Myanmarsat-2, which will allow the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC) of Myanmar to enhance its existing network. The deal was announced in June of 2018 and will see Intelsat 39, replace Intelsat 902’s eastern position and comes in line with MOTC’s target of ensuring 95% of the Myanmar population have access to broadband connectivity by 2022.

As for HYLAS 3, the system boasts over 4GHz of steerable beam technology that will extend Avanti’s satellite connectivity across EMEA creating a comprehensive communications network in that region. Featuring a multi-beam steerable cluster, HYLAS 3 enables mobile and broadband coverage to be moved to where it is needed within minutes. 

“Our objective was to bring connectivity to areas where it doesn’t exist and HYLAS 3 adds to Avanti’s already extensive capability and coverage in EMEA," said Kyle Whitehill, CEO of Avanti. "With this satellite in orbit, we are now providing a comprehensive communications network that will empower individuals, communities and businesses across this region.”