Intelsat S.A., operator of the world’s first Globalized Network, powered by its leading satellite backbone, announced today that Marlink, the global business critical communication solutions specialist, signed an agreement for high-throughput connectivity from Intelsat’s Horizons 3e satellite.
Horizons 3e, a joint venture satellite owned by Intelsat and SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation, will be stationed at 169° East to deliver connectivity in the Asia-Pacific region. The satellite is scheduled for launch in the second half of 2018, and when combined with the already contracted high-throughput broadband services provided by Intelsat 29e, Intelsat 33e and Intelsat 35e, Marlink will offer Intelsat EpicNG performance to its maritime customers traversing the world’s busiest shipping routes.
Complementing the global Intelsat EpicNG services, Marlink will also leverage IntelsatOne uplink and virtual network operator services, including those from Intelsat’s teleport in Napa, Calif.
“Our customers in the Pacific Ocean are increasingly demanding more connectivity, and by adding additional Intelsat EpicNG coverage to our network we can meet the ship owner connectivity demands,” said Tore Morten Olsen, President Maritime, Marlink. “Our customers in the Atlantic depend on Marlink to enable the ongoing digitization of ship operations, and we need to ensure connectivity always works to achieve ROI on ICT investments. Intelsat EpicNG can help us to guarantee the same high level of connectivity to our entire customer base, regardless of where their operations take them.”
“Intelsat is delivering on the promise of HTS with Intelsat EpicNG, the first truly HTS global platform that brings higher throughput, better total cost of ownership and global scalability to our maritime customers,” said Kurt Riegelman, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Intelsat. “By providing more throughput more efficiently, the Intelsat EpicNG platform will help Marlink deliver enhanced connectivity, which in turn helps them provide greater value to their end users via more tailored solutions.”
Marlink is a long-standing Intelsat customer, with services on multiple Intelsat satellites and the IntelsatOne terrestrial network.