Intelsat and MTN Satellite Communications (MTN) announced that they have signed a partnership where MTN will leverage the first Intelsat EpicNG satellite, Intelsat 29e, to provide over 2Gbps of capacity for MTN’s cruise and yacht customers in the Caribbean.
The Intelsat EpicNG platform is a complementary overlay to Intelsat’s current satellite network. Initially, MTN will utilize capacity on Intelsat’s Ku-band mobile global broadband infrastructure.
“Once Intelsat 29e is launched in 2015, MTN will then partially transition to its custom-designed service on the Intelsat EpicNG platform, enabling MTN to deliver a high level of throughput in key Caribbean regions, especially for the cruise and yacht sectors,” Intelsat said in a press statement.
“This is the first of a series of strategic initiatives that will include much more than just satellite bandwidth. Our cruise and yacht customers want to offer their guests and crew the same Internet experience they have at home or at land-based resorts,” said Errol Olivier, president and CEO of MTN Satellite Communications.