Global Eagle and Intelsat sign ‘Epic’ expansion deal

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Global Eagle Entertainment logoIntelsat and Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) have entered into a new and expanded contract to deliver reliable, high-performance inflight connectivity across five continents.

The multi-year, global service will utilise C- and Ku-band services on eight satellites in Intelsat’s current mobility infrastructure as well as two EpicNG satellites, Intelsat 33e and Intelsat 35e.

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

Earlier this year, the company successfully launched Intelsat 29e and Intelsat 33e, the first two satellites in its next-generation, high-throughput satellite (HTS) EpicNG platform.


Since late March 2016, new and existing networks have seamlessly transitioned to Intelsat 29e, with customers experiencing up to 165% improvements in efficiency. Using next-generation hardware, Intelsat and its partners have demonstrated potential efficiency gains of up to 330%.

The flexibility of the EpicNG open architecture and backward-compatible design enables service providers such as GEE to seamlessly transition to the new platform and immediately realise the efficiency improvements.

Abel Avellan, President and Chief Strategy Officer, GEE, said: “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, super yachts and more.

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“To do this, we need a seamless, global and fully-interoperable infrastructure that can be customised to meet diverse and totally dynamic user demands.

“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.”

“EpicNG satellites help us ensure our customers – and theirs – have access to super reliable, high-speed broadband.”

Kurt Riegelman, Intelsat SVP Global Sales and Marketing, added: “Rapid changes taking place in consumer technology are altering demands for broadband connectivity on a seismic scale. As a result, service providers need flexible, secure and reliable technology that can quickly adjust to these changes.

“Our Globalised Network, with its open architecture platform and scalable network, is perfectly suited to deliver and provide our customers with the infrastructure they need to seamlessly and cost-efficiently upgrade their fleet, meet surges in demand and efficiently expand as well as shift services to new regions as needed.

“In addition, the breadth and depth of its satellite fleet and the power and improved economics delivered by EpicNG will allow customers such as Global Eagle Entertainment to deliver seamless and reliable broadband connectivity anytime or anywhere around the world.”

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