05 August 2013

New Blog Site at www.intelsat.com

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26 June 2013

Are You Ready for Ultra HD? Intelsat Is.

Ultra HD (UHD) is poised to raise the quality of the television viewing experience exponentially, and Intelsat already has the technology available to ensure its delivery.

Intelsat's Peter Ostapiuk, VP of Media Product
Management, at Tuesday's demonstration of UHD.
Yesterday, Intelsat demonstrated the first UHD TV transmission ever in North America at Turner Broadcasting’s facility in Atlanta, Ga.  Intelsat delivered a flawless 4K signal, compressed with Ericsson’s real-time encoding and decoding receivers, through a downlink provided by Turner Broadcasting. This was the closest thing to a real-life 4K operational chain that the industry has been part of in North America. 

This was a major milestone for the implementation of UHD, especially as Ultra HD filming is already common in the movie production world, and electronics companies have developed 4K TVs that they are selling to the earliest adopters. 

Intelsat’s global satellite fleet and terrestrial network are ready to carry the signals supporting this effort. We’re moving forward, thinking through the requirements to ensure we can enable the next innovation... whatever that will be.

17 June 2013

Top Three Questions to Consider Before Implementing DTT

Intelsat’s Regional Vice President, Asia-Pacific Sales, Terry Bleakley has identified the three most 
Bleakley, at an iDirect customer event in Singapore,
discussed the chief technical considerations for
choosing a high throughput platform
important questions for nations and license holders to ponder before choosing their Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) strategies. As traditional analog television yields to DTT for improved reception quality, HD broadcast capabilities, expanded channel lineups and enhanced multimedia applications (such as video-on-demand and entertainment services) customers have much to consider. This is especially true in Asia, where nations are making big strides toward DTT implementation.

1.  Which technical solution for distribution will work best for meeting viewer needs cost-effectively?

2.  What level of population penetration is required? And are you looking at local content only or an expanded national and international bouquet?

3.  Will your chosen solution be flexible enough to accommodate future platform growth?
For more thoughts on these questions and the DTT transition in Asia, see what else Bleakley has to say.

05 June 2013

Intelsat CEO Dave McGlade Discusses Satellite Industry with Forbes Magazine

Intelsat CEO Dave McGlade was recently interviewed by Forbes magazine for an article on the future of the satellite industry. Dave discussed the current drivers of Intelsat’s business and his long-term vision for delivering broadband services across the globe.

Read the article

Intelsat’s James Collett Discusses Top Challenges for Maritime Service Providers

Intelsat's Director of Mobility Services, James Collett, participated today on a panel at Nor-Shipping 2013 in Oslo, Norway. 

At the show, James shared his views on the challenges for maritime services providers in today’s marketplace, including the top 3 questions providers should be asking themselves:

  • As a maritime industry service provider, how do I ensure there will be satellite capacity where my customers need it the most?
  • Will offering high-performance broadband service require a costly infrastructure upgrade?
  • Will the high-throughput satellite platform that I choose support my customers’ requirements 10 years from now?
To get James' answers to those questions, read Broadband on the High Seas: What You Need to Know.

28 May 2013

Intelsat Executives Discuss Satellite’s Role in Africa at SATCOM Africa

Steve Good speaks at SATCOM Africa
At SATCOM Africa in Johannesburg, executives from Intelsat participated on several panels where they shared their thoughts on the industry’s challenges and opportunities. Among the primary topics discussed were network redundancy, digital connectivity across Africa, and satellite’s integral role on the continent. 

In addition, Intelsat VP Steve Good, Account Director Annemarie Meijer and Global Accounts Director Jon Osler delivered speeches focused on bridging the digital divide in Africa, the broadband ecosystem and achieving coverage through VSAT technology.

Leadership perspectives from SATCOM Africa:

Panel: How to cost effectively increase redundancy on networks for minimal disruptions
“While the amount of available bandwidth in Africa is growing due to several undersea fiber options, the challenge is providing an acceptable user experience into inland areas by eliminating bottlenecks and single points of failure. The solution will be intelligent hybrid network designs that leverage fiber roll-outs where they make operational and economic sense with complementary, reliable microwave and satellite solutions where this is not feasible.”
-Steve Good, VP Network Services Product Management

Panel: Reaching new audiences in Africa: How satellite technology can help accelerate digital connectivity in the region
“Due to economic, geographic and regulatory challenges, it will take an innovative operator to provide the open architecture, hybrid network of the future to meet Africa’s digital connectivity needs. This is why Intelsat unveiled the high performance Intelsat EpicNG platform, and continues to invest in Africa today.”
-Annemarie Meijer, Account Director

Panel: Achieving True Broadband Coverage through VSAT Offerings
“The demand for broadband is universal, and satellite technology provides the only true global coverage solution. Advancements, such as frequency reuse and smaller terminals, have enabled satellite operators to improve their offerings and satisfy some of this demand. But if we are to keep pace with future bandwidth requirements, the satellite industry ecosystem must continue to invest in its infrastructure.”
-Jon Osler, Senior Global Accounts Director

Panel: How wholesale carriers are key role players in the broadband ecosystem
“One of the biggest challenges facing the African communications sector is finding new ways to reach rural markets in a cost-effective manner, while also providing users with consistent network reliability. Satellite operators have an important role to play in solving this issue, as satellite technology remains the best choice to serve Africa in terms of coverage and reliability.”
-Steve Good, VP Network Services Product Management

Panel: How to deliver adequate internet and broadband bandwidth to users through integrated networks
“Flexible HTS platforms will be capable of meeting customer demands in nearly every conceivable application, and make satellite delivery the first choice of service providers and end users in Africa and around the globe. The paradigm is changing – and our industry ecosystem needs to be ready for tomorrow’s requirements, including network flexibility and freedom of choice for communications providers.”
-Grant Marais, RVP, Africa Sales

22 May 2013

Intelsat's Jay Yass Talks Satellite Broadband at GVF High Throughput Satellite Roundtable

Jay Yass, Intelsat’s VP of Global Accounts and Strategic Sales, discussed the future of satellite broadband today during GVF’s High Throughput Satellite Roundtable in Washington, D.C.

Said Yass: “In an era where there are more communications options available to users than ever before, it’s almost counterintuitive to think that satellite services are more vital to global commerce and quality of life than ever before.  But it’s true.  Whether you are a wireless operator seeking to expand your network to sparsely populated areas, or a business traveller who needs to connect with clients during a transoceanic flight, broadband service everywhere has become an absolute necessity.

The Intelsat EpicNG satellite platform is designed to support the carrier-grade requirements of today and tomorrow.  With a high-performance, open-architecture design, service providers can deliver connectivity solutions optimized for a wide range of sectors: energy, maritime, aeronautical, media, government, and many more.”

21 May 2013

Intelsat VP Steve Good Discusses Future of Satellite Technology at GVF Roundtable

Intelsat VP Steve Good joined industry colleagues today at GVF’s High Throughput Satellite Roundtable in Washington, D.C., where he discussed satellite’s future role in the communications infrastructure and his company’s technology investments.

Said Good: “The satellite industry must continue to advance if we are to meet the needs of our customers 10 years from now. That’s why Intelsat has invested in the Intelsat EpicNG high performance platform, which will enable the network of the future to support a variety of increasingly demanding applications. It will take continued parallel innovation by satellite operators, ground infrastructure manufacturers and value-added resellers to keep satellite at the forefront of the communications infrastructure.”

Intelsat EVP & CTO Thierry Guillemin Delivers Keynote Address at Space Tech Expo 2013

Intelsat EVP and CTO Thierry Guillemin today delivered his keynote address at Space Tech Expo in Long Beach, Calif., where he highlighted the importance of the satellite ecosystem to keep pace with future technology requirements.
Said Guillemin: “As the industry leader, Intelsat challenges the entire satellite ecosystem to develop technology that will expand the sector’s role in the global telecommunications and media infrastructure.”

Each year, Space Tech Expo brings together global decision makers involved in the design, build, and testing of spacecraft, satellites, launch vehicles, and space-related technologies.

Intelsat VP Bruno Fromont Participates at GVF Roundtable in Washington, D.C.

Intelsat VP Bruno Fromont joined other industry experts today at GVF’s High Throughput Satellite Roundtable in Washington, D.C., where he discussed the open architecture Intelsat EpicNG platform.

Said Fromont: “High throughput satellite systems represent an exciting new paradigm for the communications industry. Satellite operators offer varying approaches to this technology that are well-suited for some needs, but not others. Intelsat has always been committed to providing reliable, carrier-grade communications services, and we will continue to advance these efforts in the future with our open architecture, backward compatible Intelsat EpicNG platform.”