The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is at the forefront in preventing the spread of disease and infections around the globe. It has operations in more than 50 countries, and it relies on a global communications network to move data about disease outbreaks and prevention measures to and from its Atlanta headquarters and field offices.
The CDC recently selected Intelsat General Corp. to provide satellite connectivity to 17 field offices in Africa and the Caribbean, regions of the world where crowding, poverty and tropical weather combine to create environments ripe for the incubation and spread of communicable diseases. The Intelsat network will provide CDC field offices and research stations with real-time data to promote health throughout developing countries by disseminating disease prevention and treatment information.
Under the $7 million contract, IGC is providing a full turnkey end-to-end solution comprised of an iDirect HUB at Intelsat’s Mountainside, MD, teleport, satellite connectivity and the installation and maintenance of antenna systems at field offices. IGC began providing the service in September.
Kathleen Jeffery, Director of Global Network Solutions for IGC, said a key advantage to the CDC is that the teleport and all of the field offices except the one in Guyana can be served by a spot beam on Intelsat’s IS-25 satellite. This will allow for easy monitoring and troubleshooting of the network and allow nearly all of the field offices to share the downstream broadcast, providing more efficient communications for CDC scientists, she said. It will also allow the CDC to allocate bandwidth to the regions where data demand is highest at any given time. IS-25 is one of the few satellites on orbit capable of covering both Africa and Latin America.