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Spotlight: Intelsat Expands With Mountain Teleport

By | September 29, 2003

      Intelsat has expanded its terrestrial network by powering up a new mountaintop teleport in Hagerstown, Md. Intelsat’s teleport will provide service to 100 existing customers of GlobalConnex, the operator’s bundled portfolio of hybrid communication services that use both satellite and fiber technology.

      “Intelsat’s GlobalConnex Solutions provide value by allowing our customers to rapidly expand to new locations and offer diverse services via the Intelsat network,” said Kevin Mulloy, president of Intelsat Global Service. “The completion and operation of this teleport significantly adds to our offerings and allows our customers even more flexibility to choose solutions that meet their business requirements.”

      SuperOnline, an Internet service provider in Turkey, is the first customer to use the new teleport’s facilities to connect its customers to the U.S. Internet backbone. The service allows SuperOnline to deliver Internet applications such as web-browsing, e-mail and file transfer to its customers in Turkey via satellite instead of using often- congested, inter-continental terrestrial-only networks, said Savas Unsal, SuperOnline’s general director.

      The new teleport gives Intelsat six 30-meter antennas. The company has permits to build six additional antennas at the same Hagerstown location, as demand for the GlobalConnex service grows.

      –Paul Dykewicz

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