Intelsat to invest $1.3 billion into satellite fleet

Intelsat is to launch four satellites as part of a $1.3 billion fleet investment programme in Asia-Pacific.

The investment is planned to expand satellite capacity for media programmers and communication providers in the region. As part of the programme, Intelsat’s global mobility beams - a Ku-band network designed to deliver broadband services for maritime, aero and other mobility services - will be deployed.

“The constantly growing need for broadband connectivity is vital to network operators in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Kurt Riegelman, Intelsat’s S VP of Global Sales. “We are establishing a regional distribution network to provide maritime services on our Ku-band mobility beams, which are customized to provide broadband connectivity to heavily used shipping routes.”

Intelsat has also announced new contracts with media companies including Network18 & Investments, Bharti Teleports and Tata Communications’ Global Media and Entertainment division, a move designed to build up momentum before the satellites are launched.

Riegelman added: “With our global network of over 50 satellites, the IntelsatONE terrestrial infrastructure, and refreshed capacity from our upcoming launches, Intelsat can provide highly efficient distribution into a single region or throughout the globe, supporting customer growth.”

The four satellites - Intelsat 18, 19, 20 and 22 - will be launched in 2011 and 2012.

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