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Intelsat General Achieves Delivery of High-Speed Broadband and Video to Aircraft Using Four Satellites across Three Continents

August 6, 2012

Nancy Nolting
Marketing Program Manager
Intelsat General Corporation
(301) 571-1239


Intelsat General Achieves Delivery of High-Speed Broadband and
Video to Aircraft Using Four Satellites across Three Continents

Bethesda, MD, Aug. 6, 2012 — Intelsat General Corp. (IGC) successfully demonstrated the capability to simultaneously send secure video and high-speed broadband signals to and from an in-flight aircraft automatically switching beams across four satellites over three continents.

The data rates achieved in recent demonstration were 6 Mbps to and 1 Mbps from the moving aircraft. These rates enabled the sending of multiple video feeds in each direction while simultaneously conducting interactive broadband exchanges. The flight path covered an area that crossed three continents served by four different satellites. Fully automated beam switching as the signal moved from one Ku-band satellite to the next occurred flawlessly, exactly where expected, and without centralized control. The airborne terminal had its own world map and, based on GPS location, connected to the appropriate satellite and inaugurated switches as necessary.

“This demonstration shows that we can achieve high-data rates and beam switching for comms-on-the-move applications using our global fleet of geosynchronous satellites,” said Kay Sears, President of Intelsat General. “Our government and commercial customers have come to depend upon our fleet’s ability to send and receive data from any location, and the beam switching, along with high data rates achieved in this test, opens an important new capability for these users.”

Engineers measured the throughputs and conducted video and data transmissions between multiple computers on the plane and multiple computers located at a customer’s various ground locations.  Data throughput consistently stayed at 6 Mbps to the aircraft and 1 Mbps from it during multi-hour flights across entire beam coverages.

Per the customer’s request, all testing was conducted in a secure, encrypted, environment.  With each satellite switch, the encryption devices automatically re-synchronized and re-established the secure links.

This recent test culminated a series of private aero demonstrations, utilizing multiple aero RF terminals, on numerous satellite beams, in various TDM, TDMA, and SCPC configurations.  All tests were conducted using the iDirect IDX3.0 platform.

About Intelsat General Corp.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Intelsat General Corp. provides leading-edge communications solutions to commercial, government, and military customers through fixed and mobile satellite systems and associated terrestrial communications services. Intelsat General incorporates flexible and robust ground and space infrastructure and technical expertise to deliver reliable, quickly-deployable and secure network solutions anywhere around the globe. Intelsat General is an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Intelsat, S.A.

Intelsat Safe Harbor Statement:  Some of the statements in this news release constitute “forward-looking statements” that do not directly or exclusively relate to historical facts. The forward-looking statements made in this release reflect Intelsat’s intentions, plans, expectations, assumptions and beliefs about future events and are subject to risks, including known and unknown risks. Detailed information about some of the known risks is included in Intelsat’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended 31 December 2010 and Intelsat’s other periodic reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Because actual results could differ materially from Intelsat’s intentions, plans, expectations, assumptions and beliefs about the future, you are urged to view all forward-looking statements contained in this news release with caution. Intelsat does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.



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