Intelsat S.A., operator of the world’s first Globalized Network, powered by its leading satellite backbone, announced today that eProcess International SA, an affiliate of pan-African banking conglomerate Ecobank Group, has signed an agreement to use the Intelsat EpicNG high-performance platform to expand and strengthen its corporate banking services throughout Africa.
eProcess International connects head offices and affiliates across 27 countries in Africa, enabling banking transactions and corporate data exchanges through its network. Given the growth in commerce across the African continent, eProcess sought to enhance its network to address increasing transaction volumes for its customers.
The solution incorporates high-throughput Intelsat EpicNG C-band spot beam capacity available exclusively on Intelsat 35e. This complements the existing eProcess network, which is based on wide beam C-band connectivity on Intelsat 903. Leveraging the backwards compatibility of the Intelsat EpicNG solution and the higher efficiency of the spot beams, eProcess is able to accommodate its growing bandwidth demand across its pan-African network.
“Intelsat is a valued strategic partner that has worked with eProcess to continuously optimize our network and provide cost-effective satellite solutions to meet our growing connectivity needs,” said Claude Edmond Traoret, Group Manager, Technology Services, eProcess International. “Our banking and mining customers across Africa will truly benefit from these latest improvements, as Intelsat EpicNG enables us to deliver over 30 percent more throughput, driving improved economics within our business model.”
“Intelsat EpicNG is delivering on the promise of HTS with higher performance, better economics and simpler access,” said Brian Jakins, Intelsat’s Regional Vice President, Africa. “The flexibility of Intelsat EpicNG’s open architecture and backward-compatible design enables our customers to easily incorporate HTS services into their networks. This delivers immediate efficiency improvements, enhances the level of service they can offer customers and also provides additional resiliency and security for their network.”
Intelsat 35e is on schedule for launch in the second quarter of 2017.