Axesat Signs Intelsat EpicNG Deal for Enterprise Networks and Cellular Backhaul
[Via Satellite 07-02-2015] Axesat, one of Colombia’s key providers of satellite-based corporate networks has reached a new multiyear agreement with Intelsat for services on the EpicNG High Throughput Satellite (HTS) Intelsat 29e. Under the agreement, Axesat will consolidate services spread across multiple satellites and operators, including Intelsat 805 and Intelsat 14, onto Intelsat 907 at 332.5 degrees east and Intelsat 29e at 310 degrees east. Axesat plans to use Intelsat satellite services to support the growing needs of its corporate enterprise customers as well as its cellular backhaul customers throughout Latin America.
Under construction by Boeing, Intelsat 29e is scheduled to launch in the first quarter of 2016 aboard an Ariane 5 rocket. The satellite is equipped with a combination of high-power Ku-band spot beams and wide beams, and has an open architecture design with backward compatibility.
Axesat intends to use Intelsat’s satellite services to boost efficiencies and grow its business into new geographic markets. The company entered the market of Mexico through the acquisition of then Satmex subsidiary Enlaces Integra in 2013, and has seen a steady growth in demand for cellular backhaul among other services.