Etisalat boosts capacity on new Intelsat satellite

Rebecca Hawkes ©RapidTVNews| 28-02-2012
UAE-based telecommunications operator Etisalat is taking multi-transponder capacity on Intelsat 22, set for launch at the end of March 2012, in order to expand the reach of its internet, voice, data and video services across the Middle East, Africa, Europe and central Asia.

"As the leading provider of connectivity in the Middle East, Etisalat will now be able to expand the reach of its broadband and GSM backhaul services to new regions across the globe," said Ali Amiri, executive vice president of carrier and wholesale services, Etisalat. "This important agreement will provide Etisalat with the capability to meet the growing communications requirements of our customers."
Jean Philippe Gillet, Intelsat's regional vice president of sales for Europe and the Middle East added: "We continue to work closely with premier telecommunications providers like Etisalat to help them expand their global footprint. 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."
Intelsat 22, which will replace Intelsat 709, will be located in orbit at 72 degrees east. It will have two Ku-band beams covering the Indian Ocean region, as well as Ku-band capacity for the Middle East and eastern Africa. Its C-band footprint covers much of Europe, Africa, the Middle East and eastern Asia.
The extra capacity will help Etisalat provide a greater array of Internet, voice, broadcast, roaming and corporate data services to its 140 million customers located in 17 countries across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.