Azercosmos, the national satellite operator of Azerbaijan, has partnered with Intelsat S.A to design and launch the Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38 satellite at the 45 degrees East orbital position.
The new satellite will provide continuity of service for the Intelsat 12 satellite currently stationed at 45 degrees East, an orbital location which hosts Direct-to-Home (DTH) platforms and provides connectivity for corporate network services in Africa. The satellite will also provide services across Central and Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa.
For Azercosmos, the satellite offers enhanced capacity, coverage and service offerings to support the growing demands in the region for DTH, government and network services currently supported by Azerspace-1.
“The demand for satellite capacity in our coverage markets, which include CIS, African and Asian countries, continues to grow,” stated Rashad Nabiyev, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Azercosmos. “With our second telecommunications satellite, we will be in a stronger position to meet the increasing demand for broadband and media applications.”
Stephen Spengler, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Intelsat, stated, “Our collaboration will enable us to create additional capacity by leveraging our existing assets and maximising the value of our orbital rights. As a result, Intelsat 38 will be strongly positioned to support the growth objectives of our customers at this orbital location.”
Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38 is scheduled to be launched in 2017.