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20 April 2017
| Bill Boyle
Liquid Telecom has announced an agreement that will introduce high-performance Intelsat EpicNG satellite services into its network.
In 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
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
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
Engineering work is currently underway and Liquid Telecom is
expected to begin using the Intelsat EpicNG platform at the end
Intelsat EpicNG satellite