GCI inks long-term agreement to use Intelsat satellites for service to rural Alaska

Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I) said that General Communication, Inc., the largest telecommunications company in Alaska, has signed a long term agreement for extended C- and Ku-band capacity on Intelsat´s Horizons 1 and Galaxy 18 satellites.

GCI uses Intelsat´s capacity for infrastructure to provide telephony, high speed Internet and video services to customers across Alaska. In particular, the agreement enables GCI to support broadband services to schools and medical clinics, as well as telemedicine applications for hospitals that are located in underserved areas of Alaska.

“We continue to rely on Intelsat for seamless, reliable and robust coverage across Alaska, a region that presents very complicated topographic and climatic challenges,” said Jimmy Sipes, GCI VP of network services and chief engineer. “Intelsat enables GCI to help close the digital divide in Alaska, bringing much-needed connectivity that supports mission-critical applications in remote communities.”

GCI operates Alaska´s most extensive terrestrial/subsea fibre optic network, which connects not only Anchorage but also Fairbanks and Juneau/Southeast Alaska to the lower 48 states with a diversely routed, protected fibre network.

Intelsat is a provider of satellite services worldwide. For nearly 50 years, Intelsat has been delivering information and entertainment for many of the world´s leading media and network companies, multinational corporations, Internet Service Providers and governmental agencies.

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