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December 6, 2007
Intelsat, On Call Communications and AT&T Join Forces to Help Fire Ravaged Counties

Pembroke, Bermuda and Irvine California, 6 December 2007


Intelsat, Ltd., the world's leading provider of commercial satellite services, and On Call Communications today announced that they have joined forces, and in coordination with AT&T, have donated desperately needed emergency communications for command operations and victim relief centers in fire-affected southern California communities. Within hours after Governor Schwarzenegger issued a disaster declaration the three companies swung into action, donating satellite terminals, satellite bandwidth, engineering personnel and logistical support. AT&T took the lead in contacting State and local governments to apprise them of the first response capabilities that were available to them.


"The quick response of On Call Communications and the ability to provide continuous 24-hour support was crucial in maintaining optimal communications for our recent Santiago Fire." reported Scott Johnson, IT Analyst for Orange County Fire Authority who relied on the QuickSPOT terminals and Intelsat On-Demand bandwidth for fire mapping and logistical coordination.


On Call Communications and Intelsat prepared and installed all of the automated satellite based systems and optimized each of the terminals for the specific applications used by the authorities. On Call and Intelsat also donated all of the satellite bandwidth used for the operations.


The QuickSPOT automated, satellite terminals deployed were able to establish communications within minutes of arrival. John Pingel, Group IT Manager for the County of San Diego said, "The onboard voice and data links were up within minutes after the wheels stopped rolling on the mobile QuickSPOT satellite units. From there, our technicians were quickly able to patch in connections to the local area network and phone systems to distribute communications throughout the facilities." The systems provided voice (VoIP), Internet access, WI-FI, file transfers and video services in the San Diego suburbs of Fall Brook, El Cajon and Jamul where they supported Local Assistance Centers. A high school and a juvenile detention facility in the San Diego were also serviced.


"We were proud to assist our state and local governments; it's the least we could do for those who give so unselfishly of themselves to keep our families and property safe. We have been doing this for a good many years all over the globe, but it takes on a whole new meaning when it's in your own back yard" said Jim Gilbert, CEO of On Call Communications.


Intelsat CEO David McGlade commented, "The unfortunate events in California served as yet another example of the ability of satellite communications to rapidly establish critical communications links when ground infrastructure has been destroyed by natural or man-made disasters, or is inaccessible. We are proud to support the emergency teams in California during this time of urgent need, and stand ready to demonstrate for emergency response teams across the nation the value of including satellite-based communications in emergency preparedness plans." 


About On Call Communications


On Call Communications specializes in emergency response satellite communications. Most notably On Call designed, built and provides service for FEMA's fleet of Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers, regional offices and Mobile Emergency Responses vehicles.


About Intelsat


Intelsat is the leading provider of fixed satellite services (FSS) worldwide and is the leading provider of these services to each of the media, network services and government customer sectors, enabling people and businesses everywhere constant access to information and entertainment. Intelsat offers customers a greater business potential by providing them access to unrivaled resources with ease of business and peace of mind. An extensive customer base, including some of the world's leading media and communications companies, multinational corporations, Internet service providers and government/military organizations, utilizes our services. Real-time, constant communication with people anywhere in the world is closer, by far.



Erin Ludden

On Call Communications

+1 949-707-4729 x 25


Nick Mitsis

Intelsat, Ltd.

+1 202 944 7044


Intelsat Safe Harbor Statement. Some of the statements in this news release constitute "forward-looking statements" that do not directly or exclusively relate to historical facts. The forward-looking statements made in this release reflect Intelsat's intentions, plans, expectations, assumptions and beliefs about future events and are subject to risks, including known and unknown risks. Detailed information about some of the known risks is included in Intelsat's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006 and other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Because actual results could differ materially from Intelsat's intentions, plans, expectations, assumptions and beliefs about the future, you are urged to view all forward-looking statements contained in this news release with caution. Intelsat does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.



WEAU-TV (Eau Claire, WI) Showcases their new QuickSPOT system to SBE Chapter December-16-2013 December-16-2013

Society of Broadcast Engineers Picnic featuring QuickSPOT SNG satellite system
On September 3rd, Todd Ritchie and Ron Viste of WEAU (Eau Claire, WI) hosted Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) Chapter 112 of Western Wisconsin for their annual steak picnic, which provided a great opportunity for the station to showcase their new QuickSPOT vehicle.  

Tim Jackson from On Call Communications was on hand to describe the system and provide an overview of the On Call QuickSPOT product, which greatly simplifies the process and increases affordability for satellite news gathering.  SBE members representing other stations from the LaCrosse/Eau Claire DMA were able to see for the first time how a hybrid TVU/satellite on-demand system can increase news coverage capabilities at a fraction of the cost of a traditional satellite news gathering vehicle.Get reliable, dedicated  high speed satellite Internet uplinks anywhere with QuickSPOT  

“We are thrilled to have recently rolled out our new QuickSPOT vehicle and look forward to getting our news crews comfortable with the simplicity and flexibility of the hybrid TVU/satellite system.  We are the only station in the market that won’t be limited by cellular and microwave limitations,” says Ron Viste of WEAU.  

Society Broadcast Engineers learns how to use their bonded cellular backpack over an IP satellite linkOn Call’s Tim Jackson states, “we were pleased to be part of SBE Chapter 112’s meeting and to show others in the market the features, benefits and simplicity of the QuickSPOT system.  We’re proud to support WEAU as the market leader in the LaCrosse-Eau Claire market as they greatly expand their newsgathering capabilities.”

On Call Supports CBS News Teams Live in Haiti Using QuickSPOT Satellite News Gathering Systems June-15-2010

On Call Communications sprung into action again in support of CBS News in Haiti providing live and taped video feeds, internet access and phone lines for their news teams covering the earthquake using the QuickSPOT satellite news gathering system.


 CBS News In Haiti uses QuickSPOT satellite news gathering system



On Call used the very portable QuickSPOT 96 centimeter fly and drive satellite news gathering antenna to establish a high speed internet pipe which CBS News crews used for their video and communications needs. The system transmitted both live and edited standard definition MPEG-4 video feeds for the producers in addition to establishing a mobile office complete with direct dial in/out phone lines and wireless internet access for email, web browsing and corporate communications .