Astrium Services expands capacity on Intelsat’s Ku-band mobility infrastructure

Telecom Lead America: Astrium Services Business Communications has expanded its capacity on Intelsat’s Ku-band mobility infrastructure.

The agreement will enable the maritime communications provider to enhance its broadband service offerings for the transportation, cruise and offshore segments.

Maritime service providers and customers of Astrium Services will benefit from the new network enhancements on the Intelsat 22 satellite and will leverage capacity on the Intelsat 22 satellite to enhance coverage for its maritime VSAT services, such as WaveCall and Pharostar, in the Indian Ocean.

“Intelsat provides the robust and reliable satellite infrastructure for our mobile VSAT partners and customers around the world, and this expanded commitment is part of our strategy to offer premier coverage and performance to maritime users,” said Tore Morten Olsen, newly appointed maritime director of Astrium Services Business Communications.

Moreover, Astrium Services will also utilize the Intelsat 21 satellite, which is designed to provide Ku-band coverage in the southern Atlantic Ocean, expanding the maritime VSAT service capacity in regions requiring more coverage.

The capacity on Intelsat 21 and Intelsat 22 will be accessed via the IntelsatOneSM Network Broadband product, which is built on a global network of VSAT service platforms and teleports integrated with an IP/MPLS backbone.

To address different connectivity requirements, Astrium Services is testing its newest commercial VSAT offering with customers of high data allowances with speeds up to 1.5 Mbps.

“Today’s maritime, land and aeronautical communications service providers are experiencing growth that requires scalable, reliable and cost-effective solutions,” said Jay Yass, Intelsat’s vice president of global accounts and strategic sales.

Recently, Intelsat signed capacity renewal agreement with India-based Mavis Satcom for satellite capacity on Intelsat 10 at 68.5A° East. The agreement will allow for the continued distribution of four regional television channels — Jaya TV, Jaya Plus, Jaya Max and Jaya Movies — throughout the Indian subcontinent.

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