Intelsat General, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intelsat (NYSE: I), operator of the world´s first Globalized Network and provider of integrated satellite communications, has announced that the company will distribute television and radio programing to US servicemen and women stationed around the world, working with the support of three other satellite and ground service providers, the company said.
Intelsat General has been carrying the global satellite feed for the American Forces Network (AFN) for more than 15 years, bringing US troops on land and at sea a wide variety of television and radio programming. The new one-year contract with four renewable option years will involve six satellites and five teleports at various locations around the globe, as well as the IntelsatOne terrestrial fiber network. The other partners involved in providing the service are SES Government Solutions, Korea Telecom and Allen Communications.
The American Forces Network, based at Fort Meade in Maryland, traces its origins to a single Army radio station established in Kodiak, Alaska, to entertain isolated soldiers at the beginning of World War II. It has since grown to provide a wide range of around-the-clock radio and television programming from a variety of commercial sources, giving US troops worldwide the same access to news, sports and entertainment that they might enjoy at home.
IGC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Intelsat, operator of the world´s first Globalized Network and provider of integrated satellite communications. IGC provides its government and commercial customers with high-quality, cost-effective, communications solutions via Intelsat´s satellite backbone and terrestrial infrastructure.