Intelsat celebrates launch of Intelsat-33e EpicNG satellite

Artist's impression of an Intelsat EpicNG satellite.
Artist’s impression of an Intelsat EpicNG satellite.

Intelsat is celebrating the launch of Intelsat 33e, the second of its seven planned EpicNG high-throughput satellites (HTS).

The Intelsat EpicNG HTS was launched successfully from French Guiana aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle at at 6:16 pm EDT on Wednesday 24th August.

Intelsat 33e, manufactured by Boeing, will bring high throughput capacity in both C- and Ku-band to the Africa, Europe, Middle East and Asia regions from 60°E.

The satellite will join I-29e, the first EpicNG satellite, which was launched in January 2016 over the Americas and North Atlantic Ocean region, to form a high-throughput overlay to the company’s fleet of enterprise-grade, wide-beam satellites.

I-33e is equipped with the sector’s most advanced digital payload on a commercial spacecraft and combines wide beams and spot beams with frequency reuse technology.

The digital payload provides customers with unprecedented security and flexibility, enabling seamless access and the ability to shift capacity to match their usage needs in a particular region or timeframe.

Intelsat EpicNG

EpicNG is optimised to provide satellite connectivity for applications including the Internet of Things, enterprise, wireless infrastructure, aeronautical and maritime mobility and government, which are expected to provide a combined $3.3 billion incremental industry-wide revenue opportunity between 2015-2021.

Stephen Spengler, Chief Executive Officer, Intelsat, said: “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.

“Our first high throughput satellite, I-29e, is already in service and exceeding our customers’ expectations in the Americas. With Intelsat 33e, customers operating in EMEA and the Asia Pacific regions will now be able to leverage Intelsat EpicNG’s differentiated capabilities and greater efficiencies to grow their businesses and deliver enhanced value to their customers.

“Intelsat 33e and the Intelsat EpicNG architecture are fully backwards compatible and interoperable with Intelsat’s existing satellite fleet and terrestrial infrastructure. This allows customers to cost efficiently use currently deployed network hardware so that they can have immediate access to high performance connectivity. Intelsat 33e also brings us one step closer to providing the first global, fully interoperable wide beam and high throughput Ku-band broadband service.

“We remain on schedule to launch the remaining five EpicNG satellites. The 2018 launch of our Horizons 3e satellite will complete our global coverage, adding the Pacific Ocean region.”

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