November 1, 2016 – Intelsat and Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) have entered into a new and expanded contract to deliver high-performance broadband connectivity across five continents and multiple vertical markets across air, land and sea.
The multi-year, global service will utilize C- and Ku-band services on eight satellites in Intelsat’s current mobility infrastructure, as well as two Intelsat EpicNG satellites, Intelsat 33e and Intelsat 35e. Overall, GEE has contracted satellite services on three out of the seven planned Intelsat EpicNG satellites and 17 Intelsat satellites in total.
Earlier this year, Intelsat successfully launched Intelsat 29e and Intelsat 33e, the first two satellites in its next-generation, high throughput satellite (HTS) platform, Intelsat EpicNG. Since late March 2016, new and existing networks have transitioned to Intelsat 29e, with Intelsat reporting that customers are experiencing up to 165% improvements in efficiency. Using next generation hardware, Intelsat and its partners have demonstrated potential efficiency gains of up to 330%.