Intelsat General (IGC) (Hall D, Stand D060E), is a wholly owned subsidiary of Intelsat, operator of the world’s first Globalized Network and a leader in integrated satellite communications.
IGC provides its government and commercial customers with high-quality, cost-effective, communications solutions via Intelsat’s leading satellite backbone and terrestrial infrastructure.
Intelsat’s Horizons 3e satellite was successfully launched aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, on 25 September. Horizons 3e is owned by a joint venture between Intelsat and SKY Perfect JSAT. Built by Boeing and based on the award-winning Intelsat EpicNG design, Horizons 3e will bring high-throughput satellite solutions in C- and Ku-bands to Asia and the Pacific Ocean region from its orbital slot at 169ºE. The satellite will complete Intelsat EpicNG’s global coverage and provide broadband, mobility and government customers with unmatched performance, resiliency and redundancy.
Horizons 3e is expected to commence service in the first quarter of 2019.
“The demand for broadband connectivity has never been greater,” said Stephen Spengler, Intelsat’s CEO. “The proven and unique performance of the Intelsat EpicNG platform, combined with our global wide-beam satellite fleet, enables us to uniquely fulfil customer demands across a wide range of verticals and applications. Intelsat EpicNG’s technology has enabled affordable and sustainable broadband connectivity to underserved communities around the world.
It has delivered high-quality and resilient connectivity to businesses in urban and remote regions, provided airline and cruise passengers with simple, high-speed connectivity for their entertainment and business needs; and ensured secure, resilient connectivity for government customers.
Horizons 3e is the first Intelsat EpicNG satellite to feature a multiport amplifier that enables power portability across all Ku-band spot beams. With the multiport amplifier, power can be adjusted to each beam to meet customer throughput demands. This enhanced, advanced digital payload features full beam interconnectivity in three commercial bands and significant upgrades on power, efficiency and coverage flexibility.
By matching satellite power usage to traffic demands, aeronautical and maritime mobility, fixed and wireless network operators, corporate enterprise and government customers can leverage the additional efficiency improvements to expand their network and applications across the Asia-Pacific region.