Intelsat Buys Rival Operator for $3.2 Billion

 
 
By Carmen Nobel  |  Posted 2005-09-05 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Satellite operator Intelsat last week announced plans to buy rival PanAmSat for $3.2 billion, in a deal that will create the world's biggest fleet of commercial communications satellites.

Satellite operator Intelsat last week announced plans to buy rival PanAmSat for $3.2 billion, in a deal that will create the worlds biggest fleet of commercial communications satellites.

Using a combined fleet of 53 satellites, the expanded company will cover more than 220 countries and territories, officials said.

Joseph Wright, CEO of PanAmSat, is expected to become chairman of the board after the transaction closes.

PanAmSat brings to the table a base of cable TV broadcasters; Intelsat historically has focused on Internet access for government customers and rural areas around the world where alternate options are not available.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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