Satellite services provider Intelsat has confirmed the 2012 delivery of its Global Mobility Network, the core of which is based on five satellites launching over the next 12 months. Intelsat’s mobility infrastructure will ultimately be comprised of 10 customized Ku-band mobility beams on seven satellites spread around the geostationary belt. Through this effort, Intelsat will become the first satellite operator to offer continuous worldwide broadband coverage on a single fleet to maritime and aeronautical customers, backed by Automatic Beam Switching technology, says the company.
The launch of Intelsat 22, currently planned for late March, will kick off Intelsat’s launch year. The satellite will be positioned at 72° East over the Indian Ocean region, joining the previously launched Intelsat 14 and Intelsat 18 satellites with additional mobility beams. Over the next 12 months, Intelsat will complete its mobility fabric with the launches of Intelsat 19, Intelsat 20, Intelsat 21 and Intelsat 27.
Intelsat 22 will serve media, government and network services customers in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East with Ku- and C-band capacity. It also carries an Ultra High Frequency (UHF) payload that will be used by the Australian Defence Force and its allies in the region.