PALO ALTO, CA, Aug. 4, 2014 /CNW/ - Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that it was selected to provide a communications
satellite to Intelsat S.A (NYSE: I), the world's leading provider of satellite
services. Intelsat 36 is designed to provide media and content distribution
services in Africa and South Asia.
"Intelsat and SSL have a history of four decades of working together,"
said John Celli, president of SSL. "There is no better endorsement of our capabilities
than repeat business from a long term customer. We would like to thank
Intelsat for its ongoing trust and confidence in SSL and we look
forward to working closely together on the Intelsat 36 program."
The satellite will be located over the Indian Ocean to provide both Ku-
and C-band services, with MultiChoice, Africa's leading pay TV provider, utilizing the Ku-band payload. The
C-band payload will provide video services to other customers who
distribute content to South Asian cable communities.
"With one of our fastest growing DTH customers looking for additional
satellite bandwidth to expand their subscriber services, the IS-36
satellite is very important to our media business in Africa," said Thierry Guillemin, EVP and Chief Technical Officer of Intelsat. "SSL's strong track
record of working with Intelsat makes us confident that they will meet
the exacting requirements necessary to help our customers further
expand their business."
The satellite design is based on the highly reliable SSL 1300 satellite platform that provides the flexibility for a broad range of
applications and technology advances. It is scheduled for launch in
2016. With Intelsat 36, SSL will have a total of four Intelsat
spacecraft under construction in its manufacturing facility.
Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I) is the world's leading provider of satellite
services, delivering high performance connectivity solutions for media,
fixed and mobile broadband infrastructure, enterprise and government
and military applications for 50 years. Intelsat's satellite, teleport
and fiber infrastructure is unmatched in the industry, setting the
standard for transmissions of video and broadband services. From the
globalization of content and the proliferation of HD, to the expansion
of cellular networks and mobile broadband access, with Intelsat,
envision your future network, connect using our leading satellite
technology and transform your opportunities.
Envision…Connect…Transform…with Intelsat, celebrating 50 years of space
leadership in 2014. For more information, visit www.intelsat.com.
SSL, a subsidiary of MDA, has a long history of delivering reliable
satellites and spacecraft systems for commercial and government
customers around the world. As a leading provider of commercial
satellites, the company works closely with satellite operators to
provide spacecraft for a broad range of services including television
and radio distribution, digital audio radio, broadband Internet, mobile
communications, and Earth observation. Billions of people around the
world depend on SSL satellites every day. For more information, visit www.sslmda.com.
MDA is a global communications and information company providing
operational solutions to commercial and government organizations
MDA's business is focused on markets and customers with strong repeat
business potential, primarily in the Communications sector and the
Surveillance and Intelligence sector. In addition, the Company conducts
a significant amount of advanced technology development.
MDA's established global customer base is served by more than 4,800
employees operating from 11 locations in the United States, Canada, and
MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.'s (MDA) common shares trade on
the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "MDA."
This news release contains forward-looking statements and information,
which reflect the current view of MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates
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respect to future events and financial performance. When used in this
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