Intelsat Continues Investments in Global 5G Software-Defined Network with Acquisition of Two Software-Defined Satellites from Thales Alenia Space

MCLEAN, Virginia – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) –Intelsat, operator of the world’s largest integrated satellite and terrestrial network, and Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%) have signed an agreement to build two software-defined satellites designed to advance the fabric Intelsat’s Software Defined Global – GEO connectivity defined as part of its 5G software-defined network.

The addition of Thales Alenia Space’s software-defined satellites represents an essential advance in Intelsat’s 5G software-defined network designed to enable greater agility, flexibility and orchestration across the edge, satellite and core. Named Intelsat 41 (IS-41) and Intelsat 44 (IS-44), the two next-generation software-defined satellites are expected to be in service in 2025. They will join two software-defined satellites built by Airbus, Intelsat 42 (IS -42 ) and Intelsat 43 (IS-43), announced on January 8, 2021.

Intelsat 41 and Intelsat 44 will be based on Thales Alenia Space’s innovative Space Inspire product line enabling seamless reconfiguration of telecommunications missions and services, instant in-orbit on-demand adjustment of broadband connectivity and video broadcast performance while maximizing the efficient use of satellite resources. .

“Intelsat’s open architecture, standards-based network design makes it easy to incorporate the best technology at all times, further enhancing network resiliency,” said Stephen Spengler, CEO of Intelsat. “With the addition of Intelsat 41 and Intelsat 44, in partnership with Thales Alenia Space, Intelsat will cover the earth with software-defined satellites, advancing the world’s first 5G software-defined network, designed to unify the ecosystem. global telecommunications company. ”

The contract enables the continued advancement of Intelsat’s software-defined global satellite network, adding dynamically allocated broadband connectivity across Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia for commercial mobility services and government and cellular backhaul.

“Our relationship with Intelsat has been so meaningful, knowing that our attractive software-defined solution Space Inspire will contribute to the realization of Intelsat’s global 5G software-defined unified network,” said Hervé Derrey, CEO of Thales Alenia Space. “We are proud that our advanced satellite technology will play an important role in Intelsat’s vision to reinvent the global telecommunications ecosystem.

About Intelsat

As the founding architect of satellite technology, Intelsat operates the world’s most reliable satellite telecommunications network. We apply our unparalleled expertise and global scale to connect people, businesses, governments and communities, no matter how difficult the challenge. Intelsat is building the future of global communications with the world’s first hybrid, multi-orbit and software-defined 5G network, designed for simple, transparent and secure coverage precisely when and where our customers need it most. Follow the leader in global connectivity and ‘Imagine Here’ with us at

About Thales Alenia Space

With more than 40 years of experience and a unique combination of skills, expertise and cultures, Thales Alenia Space offers cost-effective solutions for telecommunications, navigation, Earth observation, water management. environment, exploration, science and orbital infrastructure. Governments and the private sector rely on Thales Alenia Space to design satellite systems that provide connections and positioning anytime, anywhere, monitor our planet, improve the management of its resources, and explore our solar system and beyond. . Thales Alenia Space sees space as a new horizon, helping to build a better and more sustainable life on Earth. A joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), Thales Alenia Space is also joining forces with Telespazio to form the Space Alliance of parent companies, which offers a full range of services.

Thales Alenia Space has around 7,700 employees in 10 countries with 17 sites in Europe and a factory in the United States

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