The Intelsat global cooperative, formed in 1964, has a 20-year record of outstanding success. This success can be measured in many ways, such as the growth of the traffic on the system which has grown an incredible 500 times — from 150 voice channels at year-end 1965 to over 75,000 equivalent voice channels today. Intelsat began the global communications satellite revolution with Early Bird, our first satellite, in 1965. This satellite, with 240 telephone circuits, more than doubled the capacity available for transatlantic telecommunications services in its day.
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