Washington, D.C., 15 February 2001 – Intelsat announced today that it is providing a full duplex Ku-band OC-3 (155 Mbit/s) link to China over its 174°E satellite, to restore service to millions of Internet users on the mainland following the failure of a major cable between Shanghai and the west coast of the U.S. The satellite link is operating between the Verestar Satellite Network Access Point in Brewster, Washington and China Telecom’s Beijing earth station.

‘We are pleased that we were able to quickly and flexibly meet our customers’ urgent requirements,’ stated Jean-Robert Barallon, Intelsat Senior Director of Sales. ‘The ability to implement a link of this size within 48 hours is testimony to the skill and dedication of the Intelsat team, and underscores one of the advantages of using satellites for Internet. Furthermore, this new link helps demonstrate our commitment to the Asia-Pacific region, where we are the leading provider of Internet via satellite – carrying the equivalent of 400 million web pages or two billione-mail messages a day,’ he continued.

Intelsat is an international communications provider offering Internet, broadcast, telephony and corporate network solutions around the globe through its fleet of 19 satellites. For nearly four decades, many of the world’s leading telecommunications companies, multinational corporations and broadcasters in more than 200 countries and territories have relied on Intelsat satellites and staff for quality connections, global reach and unrivaled reliability.

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