International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (ITSO)

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Founded in 1964 as Intelsat, the organization was the world’s first commercial communications satellite operator. Today, with capacity on a fleet of geostationary satellites and expanding terrestrial network assets, Intelsat continues to provide connectivity for telephony, corporate network, broadcast and internet services.

Organization. In 2001 the member states of the organization implemented restructuring by transferring certain assets to Intelsat Ltd, a new commercial company under the supervision of the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization, now known as ITSO. In 2009 Intelsat Ltd moved its corporate headquarters to Luxembourg and became Intelsat S.A. ITSO’s mission is to ensure that Intelsat provides public telecommunications services, including voice, data and video, on a global and non-discriminatory basis. The governing body of ITSO is the Assembly of Parties, which normally meets every other year. The Executive Organ is headed by the Director-General and is responsible to the Assembly of Parties. The Director-General supervises and monitors Intelsat’s provision of public telecommunications services. There were 149 member countries in Feb. 2017.

  • Headquarters: 4400 Jenifer St., NW, Suite 332, Washington, D.C., 20015, USA.

  • Website: http://www.itso.int

  • Director-General: José Manuel Toscano (Portugal).

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