Intelsat has announced the successful launch of its second EpicNG Satellite into orbit from its base in French Guyana. Intelsat 33e, as it is known, was manufactured by Boeing and aims to bring improved high throughput capacity and coverage in both the C- and Ku-bands for the maritime community operating in Africa, Europe, Middle East and Asia regions from 60 degrees east.
“With Intelsat EpicNG, superyachts can enjoy fast, highly reliable and consistent coverage wherever they travel,” starts Marck Richman, director of mobility product management at Intelsat. “The successful launch of Intelsat 33e on August 24 expands Intelsat’s EpicNGs coverage from the Caribbean and North Atlantic Ocean regions to the Mediterranean, and Indian Ocean regions once it enters service at the end of 2016. Combined, Intelsat 29e and Intelsat 33e, will deliver a layer of high-powered Ku-band connectivity to our existing global Ku-band mobility network of 13 customized beams on 10 satellites.”
Intelsat 33e is equipped with the sector’s most advanced digital payload and delivers a combination of wide beams and spot beams with frequency reuse technology that will bring carrier-grade services to mobile network operators and broadband services to the maritime community.
“Intelsat 33e marks another significant milestone as we continue our ‘epic’ journey toward meeting our customers’ needs for higher performance, improved economics and simplified access to satellite solutions,” stated Stephen Spengler, CEO, Intelsat.
The launch of Intelsat 33e brings Intelsat one step closer to providing the first global, fully interoperable wide beam and high throughput Ku-band broadband service. Intelsat remains on schedule to launch the remaining five Intelsat EpicNG satellites.