Intelsat was formed as an inter-governmental organisation in 1964, with the first satellite going into orbit a year later. The company has launched its first two Epic satellites, the latest of which is due to deliver digital data services to mobile and fixed operators in Africa by November. Intelsat is working with a number of mobile operators, including Bharti Airtel, Etisalat, MTN, Orange, Safaricom, Telkom and Vodacom, to enable them to extend their networks into rural communities. Projects:
Gondwana: Concluded a long-term capacity agreement that will enable the iwayafrica Group to offer virtual network operator (VNO) services to telecoms operators and ISPS. STC: Additional connectivity from the Intelsat 15 satellite. TIM: Brazil’s TIM becomes first operator to utilise Intelsat’s first Epic satellite in the country, Intelsat 19, to support network demands and supporting 3G and 4G deployments.