02 October 2017
| Natalie Bannerman
Intelsat has announced the successful launch of its 37e satellite aboard the Ariane 5 launch vehicle from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana.
Lift off took place at 5:56 pm EDT
and, with a confirmed signal acquisition, the 37e satellite
separated from the rocket’s upper stage at 6:25 pm
Speaking on the successful launch Stephen Spengler, CEO of
Intelsat, said: "Intelsat 37e is a powerful addition to our
award-winning Intelsat EpicNG network. It brings new technology
and resilience as we continue to deploy the first, all-digital,
high-throughput satellite system."
The Intelsat 37e is the first all-digital satellite to offer
full, high-resolution interconnectivity between C, Ku and Ka
spectrum bands for use in wireless backhaul, enterprise,
government and mobility networks. The C-band offers a mix of
high-power spot and wide beams, to deliver additional services
and improved throughput. The Ku- and Ka-band steerable beams
will increase network access and support high-demand areas for
government and commercial mobile applications. Additionally,
the Intelsat 37e satellite improves the resiliency of
IntelsatOne Flex, its wholesale service, by bringing additional
throughput to support enterprise, broadband, government and
mobile applications in the Americas, Africa and Europe.
Spengler said: "Intelsat 37e features enhanced power sharing
technology and steerable beams, which bring additional
flexibility to meeting regional and application requirements
over the life of the satellite. Intelsat 37e reflects our
multi-band, open architecture philosophy. Our overarching goal
is to offer satellite services that unlock high-demand
applications such as mobility and wireless infrastructure,
supporting the growth of our customers."
The Intelsat 37e was manufactured by Boeing and, of the
entire Intelsat EpicNG network fleet, has the highest
throughput and features technology that enables power to be
shared between shaped, fixed and steerable spot beams at
Ku-band. Companies such as Speedcast, Omni-Access Algeria
Telecom and TIM Brazil will be among the first customers to
deploy services on Intelsat 37e.
Intelsat recently announced its partnership with Etisalat in which it will
help the help to upgrade Etisalat’s network using
its 33e high-throughput satellite.