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Intelsat announces EpicNG satellite platform

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Intelsat S.A., the world’s leading provider of satellite services, has introduced the Intelsat EpicNG satellite platform, a new series of satellites based upon a high performance, open architecture design. Intelsat EpicNG will be deployed for wireless and fixed telecommunications, enterprise, mobility, video and government applications requiring broadband infrastructure across the major continents.
The Intelsat EpicNG platform is an innovative approach to satellite and network architecture utilising multiple frequency bands, wide beams, spot beams and frequency reuse technology. A complementary overlay, Intelsat EpicNG will be fully integrated with Intelsat’s existing satellite fleet and global IntelsatONESM terrestrial network.
Combining Intelsat’s spectral rights in the C-, Ku- and Ka-bands with the technical advantages of high throughput technology, the Intelsat EpicNG platform will be fully open architecture.
Intelsat’s customers, the world’s leading communications and media companies and government entities, will be able to use existing hardware and network topologies, and in many cases, define their own service characteristics, enabling them to offer customised solutions to their end-users and build upon their current business success.
“The Intelsat EpicNG platform represents the next generation of satellites, a progressive evolution of the Intelsat fleet,” says Intelsat CEO, Dave McGlade.
“As the global demand for bandwidth surges and penetration of communications reaches ever further into developing regions and mobile applications, we are strategically investing in this platform to support our customers with a highly reliable and efficient broadband infrastructure as they launch new services and enter new geographies.”
The new Intelsat EpicNG series will offer the following benefits to customers:
* Higher performance and lower cost per-bit;
* Wide beams and spot beams provide the benefits of broadcast and high throughput;
* Multi-band frequencies aligned to region- and application-specific requirements;
* Open architecture – backwards compatibility through use of existing network infrastructure and customer-preferred network topology, and forward compatible as ground technology advances; and
* High throughput, high efficiency, high availability enables smaller terminals, supporting growing applications such as mobility and aero, and benefitting increasingly data-centric services like cellular backhaul.
“The driving force behind the creation of our Intelsat EpicNG next generation platform comes from listening to our customers, and building a technical and strategic understanding of their business requirements and long-term objectives,” says Intelsat EVP of sales, marketing and strategy, Steve Spengler.
“The open architecture design of Intelsat EpicNG will allow our telecommunications customers to customise and control their own service offerings, determining critical elements such as speed, hardware and network topology.
“This freedom of choice is not currently available in other high throughput satellite solutions, but it was essential to our design considerations because our customers will be able to differentiate their service offerings to better serve their respective market segments,” continued Spengler.