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Intelsat Grows 1° West Neighborhood

Monday, September 1, 2008  
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Intelsat has signed new contracts for capacity on its fast growing 1º West neighborhood.  Arqiva Limited, a global specialist in satellite and media, signed a multi-year contract for Intelsat capacity at 1º West. Arqiva will use the capacity to distribute both DTH and cable programming throughout Europe as well as support new MPEG-4 HD channel distribution.

Romania Cable Systems and Romania Data Systems S.A. (RCS & RDS), a leading direct-to-home (DTH) video content provider in Eastern Europe, also signed a multi-year, multi-transponder expansion contract for capacity at 1º West. The additional capacity will be used to offer a larger DTH bouquet for RCS & RDS’ DigiTV service and also introduce new sports channels for its Romanian audience. RCS & RDS launched its service at the 1º West neighborhood in 2004 and has become a fast-growing video provider in Romania, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Serbia, and Croatia.
The 1º West neighborhood, one of the fastest growing platforms for video distribution in the region, serves nearly 5 million DTH households and more than 10 million cable homes throughout Central and Eastern Europe and the Nordic region. The 1º West neighborhood is served by Intelsat’s IS-10-02 satellite, along with Telenor Satellite Broadcasting’s THOR satellites. Intelsat expects to expand its capacity serving the region through ownership of 10 transponders on THOR 6, which is scheduled for launch in 2009.


Intelsat is the leading provider of fixed satellite services (FSS) worldwide, 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 advanced transmissions of video, data and voice services. With the globalization of content, broadband, telecom, HD and IPTV fueling next-generation growth, the ever-expanding universe of satellite communications is the cornerstone of today's Intelsat. Real-time, advanced communications with people anywhere in the world is closer, by far.


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