Intelsat Announces Global Maritime Service Distribution Partner for Asia-Pacific
Pembroke, Bermuda, 19 January 2009
Intelsat, Ltd., the world’s leading provider of fixed satellite services, announced today that it selected KT Corporation, the leading communications service provider for Korea and the Asia-Pacific region, to be a distribution partner for Intelsat’s Network Broadband Global Maritime service. KT Corporation’s maritime customers will benefit from Intelsat’s service that offers an always-on broadband connection and automatic beam switching technology all for a flat monthly fee. These features differentiate Intelsat’s platform from most narrow band-based services or Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) solutions currently offered in the maritime industry.
Intelsat’s Network Broadband Global Maritime platform, part of Intelsat’s GlobalConnex (GXS) portfolio of services, utilizes C-band capacity provided via three ocean-region satellites: IS-602 at 178ºE, IS-707 at 307ºE and IS-906 at 64ºE. Intelsat’s robust terrestrial network, including hubs at Fuchsstadt, Germany, and Riverside, California, complete its seamless global network.
“Our global maritime customers require cost-effective communications for email, telephony, television programming and data transfer services when out at sea. Intelsat’s Network Broadband Global Maritime service not only meets current demands, but the platform will be able to accommodate future applications that will be critical for crew welfare and retention,” said Jin-wook Son, KT’s Vice President, Global Business.
“Given the heightened demand for bandwidth-rich broadband applications, maritime customers are seeking a solution able to meet growing communications needs while at sea,” said Jay Yass, Intelsat’s Vice President, Network Services. “Our Network Broadband Global Maritime service offers customers the ability to roam the world without compromising broadband connectivity and provides a robust quality of service capability that manages bandwidth efficiencies across multiple vessels and marine platforms for advanced IP applications. KT Corporation’s leadership in serving maritime customers makes it an ideal partner as we look to expand our presence in the Asia-Pacific region.”