It was announced by Intelsat S.A., the world's leading provider of satellite services, in Luxembourg, on 27th February, 2012, that Etisalat UAE, a leading telecommunications services provider in the Middle East, had 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 72ºE.
Strong commitment to excellence and innovation has seen Etisalat become one of the world's fastest-growing telecom groups, rapidly expanding across Asia and Africa. Its UAE operations, strategically located at the crossroads of East and West, enables Etisalat to be the major hub in the Middle East for Internet, voice, broadcast, roaming and corporate data services. Etisalat has been recognized as 'Best Operator' 10 times since 2006 and 'Best Wholesale Provider' four times in the last three years. Servicing over 140 million customers in 17 countries, 11 among them are African countries to include Arab Republic of Egypt, Nigeria, Sudan, Zantel, and "Atlantic Telecom", which covers seven cities: Benin, Burkina Faso, Niger, Togo, Gabon, Central African Republic and Ivory Coast. Etisalat continues to reach out to new customers and markets.
Intelsat is the leading provider of satellite services worldwide. For over 45 years, Intelsat has been delivering information and entertainment for many of the world's leading media and network companies, multinational corporations, Internet Service Providers and governmental agencies. Intelsat's satellite, teleport and fiber infrastructure is unmatched in the industry, setting the standard for transmissions of video, data and voice services. From the globalization of content and the proliferation of HD, to the expansion of cellular networks and broadband access, with Intelsat, advanced communications anywhere in the world are closer, by far.