Intelsat has launched a Boeing-manufacturedÂ high throughput satelliteÂ aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle on Wednesday from French Guiana as part of a project designed toÂ bringÂ C- and Ku-band capacity toÂ Africa, Europe, Middle East and Asia.
Intelsat said Wednesday Intelsat 33e, the second of a planned sevenÂ EpicNG satellite project, will join Intelsat 29eÂ to form a high-throughput overlay to the company’sÂ fleet of wide beam satellites.
The new satellite combines wide beams and spot beams with frequency reuse technology to provide satellite connectivity for applications such as Internet of Things, enterprise, wireless infrastructure, aeronautical and maritime mobility.
â€œIntelsat 33e and the Intelsat EpicNG architecture are fully backwards compatible and interoperable with Intelsatâ€™s existing satellite fleet and terrestrial infrastructure …Â The 2018 launch of our Horizons 3e satellite will complete our global coverage, adding the Pacific Ocean region,” saidÂ Stephen Spengler, Intelsat CEO.
Spengler added the launch of Intelsat 33e, which will replaceÂ Intelsat 904, supports the company’s goal to develop the first global, fully interoperable wide beam and high throughput Ku-band broadband service.