Interview with Mark Lekowski of JSAT, International

Last week SATCOM Frontier spoke with Mark Lekowski, Senior Director, Marketing and Business Development at JSAT International, a leading provider of satellite-based communications services. We spoke with Mark about the Navy’s Commercial Broadband Satellite Program (CBSP). Intelsat General and JSAT are partners working on CBSP for the United States Navy.

SF: First off, please give our readers some background on JSAT International.

Mark: We’re a wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation, the largest satellite operator in the Asia-Pacific region and 5th largest in the world.

We help customers communicate more effectively and efficientlyvia satellite. Utilizing the resources of our parent, SKY Perfect JSAT, and its divisions, JSAT International is able to offer satellite capacity to customers in the Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean Regions in addition to offering satellite coverage for North America.  Customers primarily use our satellites for data networks and video applications.  

SF: How does CBSP support the U.S. Navy?

Mark: Basically what CBSP has done is consolidate services from multiple providers into a single contact for all of the Navy’s capacity, network management and teleport needs. This allows CBSP to benefit from economies of scale by consolidating multiple contract vehicles into one.

SF: How have you found working with IGC as a partner on CBSP?

Mark: We work very well together. One reason is that Intelsat and JSAT International are joint-venture partners, and we both market capacity on the Horizons 1 satellite for North America and the Horizons 2 satellite for Russia. We have had a very strong and long relationship with Intelsat and IGC. IGC and JSAT International work closely together with CBSP partners SES and Paradigm to provide the best Satcom solution available for the Navy. This ensures that the Navy has the connectivity they desire for their mission requirements.

Throughout the CBSP proposal process, JSAT and Intelsat coordinated on all the requirements and deliverables involved with the program. Operationally, IGC focuses on the user experience (main interface) and terrestrial links while JSAT focuses on satellite operations, and works closely with IGC’s 24/7 NOC. JSAT also monitors satellite services (the transponders) utilized for the program.

Because of this collaboration, CBSP is viewed as a successful example of private industry cooperation on which government customers like the Navy, can rely on for their operational requirements.  No single satellite company could have provided the global solution required by CBSP, it took a combined team effort.

SF: What else is JSAT doing in the public sector?

Mark: Currently we’re continuing with our successful collaboration with Intelsat through the Horizons 1 and Horizons 2 satelliteservice offerings.   In the Asian Pacific Region SkyPerfectJSAT provides direct to home television services to more than 3 million subscribers. The Japanese government is also an important customer of ours, as well as major broadcasters, and we continue to expand our coverage of the Asia Pacific region for various SATCOM applications.