Intelsat and Azercosmos launch integrated satellites

intelsat 38Intelsat, communications satellite services provider, and Azercosmos, Azerbaijan-based national satellite operator, have launched the Intelsat 38 and Azerspace-2 satellite

Intelsat 38, a Ku-band satellite, will replace Intelsat 12 and host Direct-to-Home (DTH) platforms for Central and Eastern Europe and Asia-Pacific region. Intelsat 38 will also provide connectivity for corporate networks and government applications in Africa.

Stephen Spengler, CEO of Intelsat, said that the launch is an example of the power and value derived from collaborating with other satellite operators.

Spengler added that Intelsat 38, DTH platform will provide media customers with the opportunity to further expand their business, provide improved services and differentiated content to viewers across Central and Eastern Europe and Asia Pacific regions. It also aims to provide fast, resilient and redundant broadband connectivity to enterprise and government customers to expand their services in Africa.

Azercosmos, Ku-band satellite Azerspace-2 will help meet the demand for DTH television, government and network services in Europe, Central and South Asia, the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa.

“Azerpsace-2 is Azercosmos’ second telecommunications satellite and will further expand the service currently available from Azerspace-1,” said Rashad Nabiyev, chairman and CEO of Azercosmos.

“The satellite will also enable us to provide more reliable service by serving as back-up for Azerspace-1 located at 46°east, which is only one degree away from Azerspace-2,” he added.

Intelsat 38 and Azercosmos-2 are expected to enter into service in Q1 2019.

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