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Intelsat gets Operator of the Year award

April 20, 2009 • Mobile and Telecoms

satellite_1.jpgIntelsat Ltd. was named “Satellite Operator of the Year” at the 2009 SatCom Africa conference last week in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The SatCom Star Awards recognize companies within the satellite industry that continue to grow satellite-enabled communication services on the African continent. The award was given to Intelsat’s for its provision of communications infrastructure that has extended voice, data and media services to the most remote regions of the continent. Another factor in the decision is Intelsat’s pro bono support and distribution of the Mindset Network, which provides educational television programming services to millions. It also recognized Intelsat for its introduction of its New Dawn satellite project, a joint venture between Intelsat and a South African investor group led by Convergence Partners, which will provide new capacity and services to the
African contient.

Intelsat has been offering operational in Africa for nearly forty years. Intelsat was the first to introduce satellite services in the region, the first to launch pan-regional broadband networks in many African nations and most notably, the first satellite operator to bring cellular backhaul services to the region and to offer satellite technology as a vehicle to expand healthcare and education throughout the continent.

“We are honored to be recognized by the organizers of the SatCom Africa Conference, and given this prestigious award,” said Flavien Bachabi, Intelsat’s Vice President, Africa. “Through Intelsat’s leadership and foresight, satellite-enabled applications such as cellular backhaul, DTH, Internet connectivity and educational services have become more robust. We look forward to the continued expansion of our services, providing our customers with reliable, resilient and secure transmissions for their voice, video and data networking needs.”


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