Intelsat highlights growing LATAM opportunities

DetailsJuan Fernandez Gonzalez | 02 January 2015

Since the two-year financial crisis ended in 2008, the improvements seen in Latin America have played a critical role in guiding Intelsat's satellite projects in the region, which it now considers to be a promising growth region for several services.

carmengsCarmen González-Sanfeliu, regional VP for Latin America and the Caribbean at Intelsat, told Satellite Today that there is a massive growth of broadband in the region. "This broadband explosion covers various grounds. You are looking at explosions of media, cellular backhaul, of mobility — all of these are very key areas that we are focusing on."

Intelsat has seen growth in the region in recent years, with Latin America now making up over 15% of Intelsat's global income. Such growth is built on significant partnerships such as the one with DirecTV Latin America, carried by Intelsat 30's Ku-band.

The company is also to launch Intelsat 34 this year, a satellite designed to replace Intelsat 805 and aiming to power key broadcasting opportunities.

"The C-band payload will be targeting the Latin America/Pan-America region where we have really key customers such as HBO and Fox. We are going to have a payload dedicated to Brazil where we have a direct-to-home (DTH) customer," added González-Sanfeliu.

During 2015, the EpicNG High Throughput Satellite (HTS) Intelsat 29e is also scheduled to be launched and will focus heavily on mobility. Under construction by Boeing and to be launched by Ariane, the company's first EpicNG satellite focuses on the Americas and is a testament to the potential the company sees in the regional market.

Latin America is also a growing market for HTS, with the industry's first dedicated payload coming on Hispasat's Amazonas 3, launched in February 2013.

"The beauty is that the pie is getting bigger," explained González-Sanfeliu. "This is due to the phenomenal explosion in broadband demand and need for content everywhere, and you will see that the market is responding to this."