Etisalat signs regional Ku-band satellite deal

Deal to enable expansion of broadband services to remote areas.
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Etisalat has signed a multi-year satellite capacity deal with Intelsat which will allow it to offer broadband satellite services beyond its core market of the UAE.

The telco will access Intelsat’s recently deployed IS-15 satellite, located at 85º E. The satellite will go into service early next year and will replace Intelsat 709.

“IS-15 will have a satellite footprint that covers the majority of the Middle East and Russia, making it an ideal spacecraft for delivering broadband, enterprise and video services to these regions,” said Jean-Philippe Gillet, Intelsat’s regional vice president, Europe and Middle East.

“By 2012, IS-15 will be joined by three additional Intelsat satellites—Intelsat 17, Intelsat 20 and Intelsat 22—that will offer incremental capacity to enable our customers to deploy more sought after applications.”

“This agreement with Intelsat will enhance the service that we are able to provide all of our customers, especially those located in areas where it is not possible either to deploy or maintain a terrestrial network,” said Ali Amiri, executive VP, Carrier and Wholesale Services, Etisalat.

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