The Future is Here…and It’s Epic
Success of first two Intelsat EpicNG launches unlocks the door to powerful new applications and markets for our customers
The past few months have been “epic” for Intelsat in every sense of the word. We not only successfully launched our first two Intelsat EpicNG high-throughput satellites (HTS) – Intelsat 29e and Intelsat 33e – we greatly exceeded operational performance expectations. Customer and partner tests of EpicNG have demonstrated up to a 165% increase in spectral efficiency on current generation ground networking hardware, and up to 300% improvement in throughput using next-generation antenna technology. Over 30 customers are using Intelsat 29e today and are providing evidence of its potential for innovative new services such as IoT and M2M applications.
These performance results are more than just numbers. They are a realization of Intelsat’s long-held vision that puts our customers’ needs first, enabling new addressable markets with future-proof technologies.
When we set out to build EpicNG, we had three critical goals in mind: higher performance, better economics and simplified access. That meant ensuring EpicNG payloads were backward compatible so customers could immediately and seamlessly transition to EpicNG on existing networks. In other words, not requiring customers to overhaul their networks or make costly infrastructure upgrades.
It also meant working closely with our ecosystem of partners – the ground manufacturers of data networking hardware and systems that access satellite technology – to ensure their next-generation equipment could take full advantage of the spacecraft’s higher performance characteristics to deliver even greater improvements and efficiencies. As initial test results have shown, together we’re driving performance levels that will unlock powerful new applications and addressable markets for our customers. Next-generation platform and modem testing is underway with iDirect and Comtech, and we look forward to sharing those results with you as soon as they become available.
With the proven success of our first two EpicNG launches, we’ve delivered on our promise for global HTS service. More importantly, we’ve made EpicNG economically viable and simple to incorporate. Through our Globalized Network of next-generation technologies, partnerships and managed services, customers gain unprecedented choice and flexibility for adding EpicNG capacity to their networks for fast, reliable broadband connectivity – anytime, anywhere in the world.
Our new IntelsatOne Flex managed services are a great example of how we’re harnessing the power of EpicNG and our Globalized Network to transform the opportunity for customers. It is the only customizable, next-generation Mbps service that delivers the ultra-high availability, reliability and service quality providers need to profitably expand in new markets and geographies. The service allows our service providers to keep pace with broadband demands, while maintaining full control over how they contend, prioritize and shape bandwidth for various end-customer segments.
Everything we do at Intelsat is built around making it easy for customers to meet their business objectives and seize new opportunities, regardless of location. The proven success of Intelsat EpicNG marks an important inflection point for us as a company – as we’ve successfully reimagined the possibilities for truly ubiquitous communications. Where in the past satellite services may have been considered too expensive or difficult to use, today they’ve become a competitive differentiator and are empowering our customers to drive innovation and growth – quickly and profitably.
For more insight into the success of EpicNG and what it means for customers and the broader industry, I welcome you to read this month’s article from our CEO Stephen Spengler, “Taking HTS from Promise to Full Potential.”
Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing