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Intelsat, Airbus Defense & Space sign maritime deal

Companies plan new high-throughput VSAT services with EpicNG platform

Intelsat has entered into a new agreement with Airbus Defense and Space, bridging maritime VSAT services to Intelsat’s high-throughput satellite (HTS) EpicNG platform. The new deal will provide global high-throughput satcom services with secure access to Intelsat’s global Ku-band satellite capacity and terrestrially managed network, IntelsatOne.

From March 2014, Airbus Defense and Space will extend the usage of these new high-performance solutions in its services portfolio, which is upgradable to the new Intelsat EpicNG platform.

This agreement is part of Airbus Defense and Space’s newly launched AuroraGlobal, a suite of new high-throughput satcom services.

For Airbus Defense and Space’s maritime customers, Intelsat EpicNG brings the potential for new services that enable throughput in the range of 25-60Gbps – around 10 times that of traditional satellites. Each Intelsat EpicNG spot beam can support Airbus Defense and Space maritime users with 1m antennae featuring downlink speeds of up to 290Mbps and uplink speeds of up to 225Mbps.

Intelsat’s open-architecture, flexible and backward compatible EpicNG platform, which works seamlessly with the existing Ku-band wide beam fleet, enables customers to achieve higher speeds without having to replace existing onboard hardware. When the Intelsat EpicNG platform becomes available, shipping companies will be able to easily upgrade to Intelsat’s HTS technology.

“Our Intelsat agreement is an important part of our new AuroraGlobal offering, which provides the best-value, next-generation satcom-enabled solutions using our global multi-band network. This will allow Airbus Defense and Space to deliver the future to its customers starting now,” says Evert Dudok, Head of Communications, Intelligence and Security at Airbus Defense and Space.

David McGlade, Chairman and CEO of Intelsat, adds: “The combination of our satellite fleet and IntelsatOne network provides Airbus Defense and Space with the optimal combination of space and ground assets to capitalise on the commercial maritime sector’s burgeoning demand for broadband services. Together, we will deliver the next generation of broadband services that enable our customers to have the same levels of availability, quality of service and connectivity regardless of whether their ships are travelling in remote or heavily congested locations.”