Intelsat’s total revenue across all geographical markets during the first six months of 2020 decreased by USD 97 million to USD 940.9 million, a 9.3% decline compared to its total earnings in H1 2019.
However, the percentage of the company’s revenue from MEA, compared to other geographical markets, increased to 13% in H1 2020 from the 12% recorded in H1 2019.
For Q2 2020, Intelsat recorded USD 58.9 million in revenue from sales of its satellite services in Africa and the Middle East in the three months ended 30 June 2020; a 4.5% decrease from its USD 61.7 million earnings from the regions in Q2 2019.
With offices in Kenya, Senegal and South Africa, Intelsat is one of the leading global satellite operators active in Africa with its fleet of satellites and integrated terrestrial network providing DTH TV, connectivity and managed services on the continent. Some of Intelsat’s clientele in Africa include Multichoice, Canal+ and Sentech for media and DTH segment; Liquid Telecom, Orange for satellite connectivity, and ASECNA, an intergovernmental agency comprising of 18 African member countries and France, for in-flight connectivity and civil aviation segment.
Joseph Ibeh is a Mandela Washington Fellow and Senior Analyst at Space in Africa. His experience spans industry research and market analysis with a focus on African-grown NewSpace companies, commercial space industry, national space programmes and real-life application of space science for sustainable development in Africa.