INWI picks Intelsat for satellite backhaul services

25 April 2017 | James Pearce

Moroccan mobile provider INWI has selected Intelsat to expand its cellular backhaul services and enhance its network.

INWI will integrate Intelsat’s Epic platform into its network, and will also use connectivity provided by the Intelsat 35e satellite to help launch broadband connectivity services.

INWI was recently awarded a VSAT license by Morocco’s National Agency of Telecommunications Regulation (ANRT), which it will use to launch a broadband package and hit its goal of expanding its business to reach new regions within the African country.

“In light of our new VSAT license from Moroccan regulators, we are able to expand our operations in Morocco and throughout West Africa,” said Naoual Laabsi, VSAT design manager, INWI. 

“In order to do this, we need the ability to manage our own network and provide new solutions for customers. The Intelsat Epic platform, with its high-throughput capabilities and future-proof technology, provides us the best way to reach these goals and succeed in a highly competitive market.”

Intelsat is scheduled to launch Intelsat 35e later this year, where it will form part of the Intelsat Epic Network. So far, Intelsat has launched the Epic 29e, 33e, and 32e, with plans to also launch a 37e satellite later this year. These will form Intelsat’s Epic network, which will be completed witht eh scheduled launch of the Horizons 3e satellite in H2 2018.

“INWI is a progressive mobile operator, incorporating new technologies that support the introduction of new services and entering into expanded geographies.  As soon as Intelsat 35e becomes available, it will immediately begin supporting the INWI mission, given the backwards compatibility of the Intelsat EpicNG design,” said Jean-Philippe Gillet, Intelsat’s VP & general manager, Broadband. 

“Intelsat 35e, with its unique collection of high power wide-beams and spot-beams in C- and Ku-band is an ideal satellite for mobile operators seeking higher performance on their current satellite infrastructures.”