Intelsat and PNG again try to persuade skeptical ITU that Covid caused 32-month delay in Ka-band at 50 deg W

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The government of Papua New Guinea, representing satellite fleet operator Intelsat, is making a second appeal to dubious international regulators to allow Intelsat until December 2024 to bring into service a Ka-band satellite at 50 degrees west. The regulatory deadline is April 7, 2022.

The problem is that the latest bid, like the earlier one, attempts to explain Intelsat’s delay in filling the slot as due solely to the Covid-19 pandemic and its effects on supply gains and in-person meetings.

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