Azerbaijan teams with Intelsat for DTH across Africa, Asia, CIS

DetailsRebecca Hawkes | 18 February 2015

Azerbaijan's national satellite operator Azercosmos is to collaborate with Intelsat on a joint direct-to- home (DTH) broadcasting satellite for Africa, Asia and the CIS.

The Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38 satellite will be positioned in orbit at 45 East and provide continuity of service for the Intelsat 12 satellite in the same spot, as well as supporting the growing regional demands for DTH, government and network services currently supported by Azerspace-1.

"The demand for satellite capacity in our coverage markets, which include CIS, African and Asian countries, continues to grow, and with Azerspace-2 it further underscores our commitment to deliver satellite services to the region," said Rashad Nabiyev, chairman and CEO, Azercosmos.

"With our second telecommunications satellite, we will be in a stronger position to meet the increasing demand for broadband and media applications."

Stephen Spengler, deputy CEO, Intelsat, added: "Our partnership with Azercosmos is a great example of the value of collaborating with other satellite operators. Our collaboration will enable us to create additional capacity by leveraging our existing assets and maximizing the value of our orbital rights."

Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38 is planned for launch in 2017.