(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) Intelsat S.A., the world's leading provider of satellite services, announced today that Etisalat UAE, a leading telecommunications services provider in the Middle East, has signed a multi-year agreement for capacity on Intelsat 22, scheduled to launch in late March 2012. As part of the multi-transponder agreement, Abu Dhabi-based Etisalat will utilize the satellite's capacity to expand the reach of its broadband and GSM backhaul services to its customers in 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 for Etisalat.
"This important agreement will provide Etisalat with the capability to meet the growing communications requirements of our customers." "We continue to work closely with premier telecommunications providers like Etisalat to help them expand their global footprint," said Jean Philippe Gillet, Intelsat's regional vice president of sales for Europe and the Middle East. "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."
The satellite will carry two Ku-band mobility beams providing coverage of the Indian Ocean region, which will blanket vital maritime and aeronautical routes. In addition, Intelsat 22 will have Ku-band capacity serving the Middle East and eastern Africa. Its C-band hemi beams coverage provides connectivity to and from most of Europe, Africa, the Middle East and eastern Asia.
Intelsat 22 will replace Intelsat 709, and will serve the Indian Ocean region from 72?E. For more information, visit Intelsat at stand S-F13 at CABSAT 2012, 28 Feb - 1 Mar.