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Intelsat introduces new flexible broadband service

Intelsat introduces new flexible broadband service
Intelsat, provider of satellite services, has introduced IntelsatOne Flex, a customisable mobility service that allows service providers to offer a more cost-effective and tailored broadband package to the maritime market, as well as to the aero and government sectors.

For maritime service providers, IntelsatOne Flex is an enterprise grade, wholesale Mbps service with tiered Committed Information Rate (CIR) plans that allow service providers to offer customised services.

With Intelsat’s global Ku-band satellite fleet and Intelsat Epic high throughput satellite platform, service providers using IntelsatOne Flex will benefit from both wide beam and high performance spot beam coverage that combine to deliver high quality, global connectivity with smaller antennas, improving accessibility and user economics.

“With increased demand for high throughput, it has to be more cost efficient as well,” Kurt Riegelman, senior vice president, global sales, Intelsat, told Seatrade Maritime News.

“When we launch the high throughput type satellites, what happens is that the performance of the capacity goes up, there is better efficiency and you get more bytes per hertz so cost comes down,” Riegelman explained.

He added that Intelsat will continue to invest in new types of antennas and work with its service providers to try to bring net cost down.

Intelsat believes that ship operators welcome the prospect of greater performance and throughput from new high throughput satellite (HTS) network and the host of new applications that this technology will enable.

IntelsatOne Flex uses iDirect Velocity, a ground infrastructure platform designed for large-scale global HTS network, which has been optimised for Intelsat Epic to provide scalability, performance and higher throughput.

IntelsatOne Flex is fully integrated with Velocity’s companion network management system, Pulse, enabling service providers to develop differentiated service offerings, create customized applications and system integration through open APIs and provide visibility for real-time monitoring, tracking and adjustment of vessel service levels.

Meanwhile, Intelsat’s year-ago agreement with Airbus Defence and Space will see the latter being able to bridge its existing maritime VSAT services to Intelsat’s HTS Intelsat Epic platform, the first of which, Intelsat 29e, is scheduled to launch in the first quarter of 2016.

The spacecraft Intelsat 29e will cover all of the Americas, and a next satellite to be launched called Intelsat 32 will cover North America and bridge across the Atlantic to Europe. A further Intelsat 33e will be launched in 2016 to cover England all the way down to Asia using spot beam, according to Riegelman.

Intelsat believes that the planned transition to Intelsat Epic will enable additional capacity in key maritime routes.