On June 4, 2013 representatives of most Intersputnik Member Countries and Signatories met in the Kyrgyz Republic on the invitation of the Kyrgyz Ministry of Transport and Communications for the regular joint XLI session of the Board and 16th meeting of the Operations Committee of Intersputnik.
The delegates of the joint session unanimously elected Mr. Bayish Nurmatov, Advisor to the Director of the State Communications Agency under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, Director of the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunications under Kyrgyz Razzakov State Technological University, Chairman of the Board — Intersputnik’s highest governing body. Another key issue, which is closely related to the Organization’s further growth, was the election of the Director General. For the next four years this office will be held by Mr. Vadim Belov, Intersputnik’s current Director General.
During the joint session, a second national Signatory from the Federal Republic of Somalia, an Intersputnik Member since early 2012, which shows much interest in Intersputnik, signed the Intersputnik Operating Agreement. It is important that the Board and the Operations Committee approved the Agreement on Cooperation between Intersputnik and the International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO). Closer relations with IMSO will help both international organizations share their experience in the field of satellite communications.
The Director General presented a report describing Intersputnik’s performance both for the period under review since the 2012 joint session of the Board and the Operations Committee and for the last eight years when Mr. Vadim Belov headed the Intersputnik Directorate. The results of work done during that period are most convincingly proven by a nearly two-fold rise in revenues. It was again stressed that Intersputnik was growing at a high rate using more satellite capacity and serving more customers. This was confirmed by the report of the Audit Committee on the examination of Intersputnik’s financial and economic performance in 2012 and the report on the fulfillment of the 2012 finance plan approved by the delegates.
Much attention was paid to the expansion of the Intersputnik international satellite telecommunications system as an important task including, in the first place, the procurement of Intersputnik’s own satellite resource using new satellites, and the maximum possible use of Intersputnik’s orbit and frequency resource in cooperation with interested partners. The delegates reviewed detailed information on progress in the implementation of international satellite projects at 16W, 47.5W, and 78E, and potential cooperation with respect to several other orbital positions belonging to Intersputnik. The delegates noted with satisfaction that one of such projects was planned to be carried out in the interests of the Republic of Belarus and Mongolia, both Members of Intersputnik, and requested the Directorate to take steps to duly prepare this project.
The Ministry of National Development of Hungary invited the Board and the Operations Committee to meet for their next joint session in the second quarter of 2014 in Hungary.
Founded in 1971 under the Agreement on the Establishment of the Intersputnik International System and Organization of Space Communications, Intersputnik is an international intergovernmental organization headquartered in Moscow.
The Organization’s mission is to contribute to the consolidation and expansion of economic, scientific, technological and cultural relations using satellite telecommunications, video and audio broadcasting and to support cooperation and coordination of the efforts of the Member Countries aimed at designing, procuring, operating and expanding an international satellite telecommunications system. Intersputnik can be joined by the Government of any state that shares the principles of Intersputnik’s activity. Today, the Organization has twenty six Member Countries.
Intersputnik operates an international satellite telecommunications system and makes its geostationary orbit and frequency resource on 18 satellites available to telecommunications operators and corporate customers. Through its subsidiary Intersputnik Holding, Ltd. Intersputnik offers full-scale services related to the installation and operation of satellite communications networks.
Within the framework of its long-term cooperation with the Russian Satellite Communications Company, Intersputnik makes available to its users the resource of Express-series satellites. Intersputnik is the official distributor of satellite resource and services of the European satellite operator Eutelsat S.A., markets and sells ABS, Intelsat, SES and Gazprom Space Systems satellite capacity, and works together with other regional and domestic satellite telecommunications operators.
Using its intergovernmental organization status Intersputnik filed its own orbit and spectrum resource in a number of geostationary orbital positions. This resource is used under projects with interested partners to establish new satellite telecommunications systems.
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