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Intelsat and KDDI turn Rio into the first EpicNG games

Intelsat, operator of the world’s first Globalized Network, powered by its satellite backbone, has announced that KDDI Corporation (KDDI), a Japan-based global telecommunications company, is utilizing Intelsat’s next-generation high throughput satellite platform, Intelsat EpicNG SM, to provide cost-effective, regionalized, video contribution and backhaul services at the upcoming Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Using Intelsat 29e at 310˚ East, the broadcasters will make history as breaking news is carried from Rio via Intelsat EpicNG. Intelsat will support KDDI’s contribution services for a Tier 1 global media customer via a regionalized C-band beam from Intelsat 29e, enabling more cost efficient transmission of High Definition (HD) video signals from sports venues at the Games to the International Broadcast Center in Rio de Janeiro.

“The ability of Intelsat EpicNG to deliver more megabits per megahertz enables us to provide more efficient, high-quality, video contribution services for our leading media customers,” said Mr. Ikuo Mochizuki, General Manager, Media Sales Department, KDDI. “By providing lower-cost, HD video transmission solutions, we are able to differentiate our services offerings to our subscribers.  We are leveraging the efficiencies generated by the Intelsat EpicNG platform to grow our business.”

“Our globalized network has supported every Games since 1968 and we continue to innovate and work closely with our media customers to ensure that we deliver the most immersive, compelling experience to viewers regardless of location,” said Terry Bleakley, Regional Vice President, Asia-Pacific, Intelsat.  “Intelsat EpicNG is poised to be a game changer this summer, bringing high power and better economics that will enable our customers to extend their reach in a much more efficient manner.  We look forward to working closely with KDDI to bring the spirit of the Games into millions of homes across the Asia Pacific.”

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