Putting Intelsat EpicNG to Work at Sea and in the Air
By Karen Schmidt, Vice President, Marketing
Just a week ago, we launched our first Intelsat EpicNG satellite, Intelsat 29e (IS-29e). At Intelsat, we believe in enabling access to content and connectivity anywhere in the world; that’s why we’re committed to launching new satellites and developing innovative services.
Intelsat EpicNG however, is more than a simple upgrade. It is a step-change in satellite technology that enables us and our customers to provide faster, more cost-effective broadband connectivity to people wherever they are.
IS-29e is the first in a series of at least seven Intelsat EpicNG satellites that will collectively provide worldwide high throughput coverage. Beyond the dramatic increase in performance, what is unique about our high throughput constellation is that it overlays our existing global network, and is backward compatible with it, enabling our customers to immediately benefit from the improved performance as the technology is deployed — unlike other broadband solutions which use Ka-band and so require new antennas to be installed.
This is particularly important for the maritime sector in which shipping vessels seek more bandwidth to improve operational efficiency and satisfy their crews — but simply cannot sacrifice reliability. With Intelsat EpicNG, the ships fitted with the proven C- and Ku-band VSAT terminals will immediately benefit from improved performance without being forced to change to a Ka-band solution.
In the sky, a key benefit of Intelsat EpicNG for aeronautical mobility providers is the ability to offer high connection speeds to passengers who expect a home-like broadband experience at 30,000 feet wherever they fly in the world. This is because Intelsat EpicNG concentrates capacity on high traffic areas. It is also forward compatible with the next generation of light-weight, low-profile phased arrays antennas that Intelsat is developing with its partners, Kymeta and Phasor. Thanks to advanced capabilities and smaller form factor, those terminals will enable lower fuel consumption for the airlines and even higher online surfing experiences for the passengers.
As more Intelsat EpicNG satellites are launched over the coming months and years, our customers will be able to leverage the advantages of high throughput technology across the globe.