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Intelsat and GEE extend Epic deal

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Intelsat and Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) report that they have entered into a new expanded contract for the provision of global satcom connectivity services, including significant capacity on Intelsat’s latest EpicNG generation of satellites.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The multi-year service will utilise C- and Ku-band services on eight satellites from Intelsat’s existing infrastructure as well as two new EpicNG satellites, Intelsat 33e and the yet-to-be-launched Intelsat 35e.

Overall, GEE now has contracted satellite services on three out of the seven planned Intelsat EpicNG satellites, and 17 Intelsat satellites in total.

Epic’s backward-compatible design allows service providers like GEE to transition between older and new generation satellites without requiring a change in hardware or infrastructure, and Intelsat says that existing customers that have transitioned from its earlier satellites to operating on the Epic network have experienced initial efficiency improvements of up to 165 per cent.

Using next generation hardware, the company expects that potential efficiency gains of up to 330 per cent will be achievable.

“Our business model is based on helping our customers deliver an at-home experience to millions of people moving around the planet – on planes, cruise ships, superyachts and more. To do this, we need a seamless, global and fully interoperable infrastructure that can be customised to meet diverse and totally dynamic user demands,” said Abel Avellan, president and chief strategy officer, GEE.

“The performance, scalability and global reach of Intelsat’s solutions will nicely complement our extensive global ecosystem of satellite networks, enabling us to provide ubiquitous, broadband connectivity and to shift resources quickly – critical in the mobility markets we serve.”

“Intelsat EpicNG satellites help us ensure our customers – and theirs – have access to super reliable, high-speed broadband whether they’re in the air, on land or at sea.”{/mprestriction}

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