Liquid Telecom, Intelsat seal EpicNG satellite deal

20 April 2017 | Bill Boyle

Liquid Telecom has announced an agreement that will introduce high-performance Intelsat EpicNG satellite services into its network.

Africa 280 x 420In a multi-year agreement, Liquid Telecom has committed to dedicated services on the Intelsat 33e satellite which began operations earlier this year. 

The solution features ground networking equipment based upon the Newtec Dialog VSAT platform, including technology developed under the ESA-funded Project Indigo by Intelsat and Newtec.

Intelsat’s high-throughput satellite (HTS) solutions allow Liquid Telecom to deliver higher bandwidth with greater efficiency.

The new Intelsat EpicNG services will expand Liquid Telecom’s coverage and network capabilities across the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, where demand has grown for VSAT technology to deliver connectivity to underserved remote or rural areas.

"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."

Intelsat 33e, the second in the global Intelsat EpicNG HTS fleet, is a next-generation, high-performance satellite that delivers improved performance, better economics and simplified access for satellite service providers such as Liquid Telecom. 

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.

Engineering work is currently underway and Liquid Telecom is expected to begin using the Intelsat EpicNG platform at the end of July.

Topics: Liquid Telecom, Intelsat EpicNG satellite