Intelsat helps fight hunger
Satellite coverage for FAO Summit
2 June 2008, Rome - FAO’s World Food Security Summit in Rome on June 3-5 will be transmitted globally via the Intelsat satellite network, FAO and Intelsat Ltd. announced today.
Intelsat, the world’s leading provider of commercial satellite services, will use its global network of satellite and terrestrial facilities for the collection and distribution of the Summit proceedings. The Rome Summit will address challenges to world food security posed by soaring prices, climate change and bioenergy.
Proceedings of the Summit will be accessible in real time from almost any point around the globe, broadcast over a hybrid mix of Intelsat’s fiber and teleport facilities, plus at least five Intelsat communications satellites. Intelsat has made its communications network available for the last 10 years for the global transmission of major FAO events.
“Intelsat’s generous support over the years has helped enable global awareness of the major initiatives in FAO’s ongoing fight against hunger and malnutrition,” FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf said. “Once again, Intelsat will be with us as world leaders meet here to seek solutions to the current food price crisis and, hopefully, set world agriculture on a new course.”
“The need for global distribution of video content is a major trend in our business,” said Intelsat CEO David McGlade. “Intelsat’s unique ability to connect the planet Earth carries with it a responsibility to support those organizations that are striving to improve the quality of life in the global community that we serve.”
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 (www.intelsat.com). Intelsat was awarded FAO’s TeleFood medal in 2001.
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