Liquid Telecom and Intelsat SA have announced a new agreement to introduce high-performance EpicNG satellite services into the Liquid Telecom network.
In a statement released by Liquid Telecom, the pan-African telecoms group has committed to dedicated services on the Intelsat 33e satellite, which began operations this year.
In January this year broadband service provider Quantis Global, part of Eurona Wireless Telecom SA, committed to an agreement to incorporate services from Intelsat 33e, manufactured by Boeing and launched in August 2016.
Designed as a complementary overlay to the world's largest fixed satellite network, Intelsat EpicNG is backwards compatible with Intelsat's existing global satellite fleet of approximately 50 satellites and is connected by the global IntelsatOne terrestrial network.
The EpicNG satellite solution features ground networking equipment based upon the Newtec Dialog® VSAT platform, including technology developed under the ESA-funded Project Indigo announced previously by Intelsat and Newtec.
According to Liquid Telecom, leveraging the new EpicNG services will expand its coverage and network capabilities across several regions, including Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, where demand has grown for VSAT technology.
"Breakthroughs in technology continue to position satellite as a more compelling connectivity solution for businesses across Africa. By teaming with Intelsat, Liquid Telecom will be at the forefront of satellite communications, ensuring we can meet the future bandwidth needs of our customers no matter where they are in the region," said Scott Mumford, Liquid Telecom's Group Managing Executive of Satellite and VSAT. "We are also delighted to be Intelsat's local partner as it continues to introduce the suite of Intelsat EpicNG services to Africa."
Engineering work is currently underway and Liquid Telecom is expected to begin using the Intelsat EpicNG platform at the end of July.
Liquid Telecom has also been awarded a three-year contract from Intelsat to provide fibre backhaul and up-linking services from its South Africa teleport that will be integrated into the IntelsatOne network as Intelsat extends its managed services platform into Africa.
The gateway service will enable Intelsat to accelerate the introduction of Intelsat EpicNG services, building on its leading position in the broadband and enterprise sectors.
"Our goal is to support customer growth in Africa and to work together to enhance the infrastructure that connects broadband and enterprise customers in Africa. Teaming with Liquid Telecom, the leading independent IP, voice and data provider across Africa, will enhance their service platform and add to our capabilities as we build upon the footprint we've already established in the region," said Brian Jakins, Intelsat's Regional Vice President, Africa Sales.
"We currently have the largest satellite presence in Africa, and with Intelsat 33e soon to be joined by Intelsat 35e and Intelsat 37e, two upcoming satellites in the Intelsat EpicNG program, we will expand our high throughput capabilities to benefit the entire continent."