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Intelsat Providing Backhaul Capacity for African Cellular Networks

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Satellite provider, Intelsat has announced two new customer agreements with cellular telecom providers in Kenya and Angola to provide backhaul connectivity for rural base stations.

MSTelcom, a licensed telecommunications operator in Angola and subsidiary of Sonangol Holdings, will use Intelsat satellite capacity to provide transmission services for one of the country's largest GSM operators as it seeks to rebuild and expand its telecommunications network after the country's infrastructure was ravished by civil war. MSTelcom has contracted for C-band service on the Intelsat 3R satellite at 43 degrees West.

"There is a big demand in Angola for reconstruction of telecommunications services - services cellular operators need immediately," said Angelo Gama, MSTelcom's CTO. "Intelsat is the only satellite operator that is able to offer us the exact satellite capacity we need to ensure our customers will be able to build out their network infrastructures in a timely manner."

Kenya's Safaricom has also selected Intelsat capacity to support its network expansion throughout Kenya, and for its own international gateway connectivity. Safaricom has contracted for capacity on the Intelsat 902 satellite at 62 degrees East under a multi-year agreement.

"Our wireless expertise is unmatched in the satellite industry - we understand the requirements of this unique segment of the telecommunications market, based in part on our legacy in serving the Africa region for over 40 years," said Flavien Bachabi, Intelsat's Regional Vice President, Africa. "We are, and will continue to be, the premier satellite service provider for Africa. Operators need the ability to grow their services rapidly, to offer services ubiquitously throughout their territories and to have flexible contracts that can keep pace with the rapid changes in their business. Intelsat remains ready to respond to Africa's growing wireless operator sector."

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