Intelsat launches its first quad-band satellite, to boost HDTV, broadband and mobile network coverage

The Galaxy 30 is Intelsat’s first satellite to be capable of using spectrum from 4 distinct bands
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International satellite operator, Intelsat, has launched its first ever quad-band satellite, to boost digital TV, broadband and mobile network service provision.

The Galaxy 30 is capable of utilising spectrum in the C-, Ku-, Ka- and L-bands, enabling it to deliver a diverse portfolio of services to Intelsat customers.

“Today’s launch of Galaxy 30 demonstrates Intelsat’s long-term commitment to our North American media customers,” said Intelsat CEO Stephen Spengler.

“At Intelsat, we’re constantly innovating, investing in and upgrading our satellite fleet and terrestrial infrastructure. Galaxy 30 is a great example of how we help our customers stay ahead of evolving consumer demands, today and well into the future.”

The Galaxy 30 is a geosynchronous communications satellite that will primarily provide high-performance services to Intelsat’s North American customers.

Galaxy 30 is the first satellite in Intelsat’s Galaxy fleet refresh plan and will replace Galaxy 14 at 125 degrees west once it is in service in early 2021. The Intelsat Galaxy fleet is the most reliable and efficient media content distribution system in North America, offering customers an unmatched penetration of cable head-ends.

Galaxy 30 will play an important role in Intelsat’s U.S. C-band spectrum transition plan, which is accelerating America’s path to 5G. Intelsat is facilitating the work of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in transitioning and safeguarding media services currently utilizing the lower portion of the band to make way for 5G wireless services. Intelsat is not seeking any reimbursement costs from the FCC’s public auction proceeds for any aspect of the Galaxy 30 launch or relocation.

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