Axesat and Intelsat sign satellite agreement for Colombia

Intelsat SA has signed a multi-year agreement with Axesat SA for satellite services on its high-performance Intelsat EpicNG platform.

Axesat, the largest provider of satellite-based corporate networks in Colombia, selected the Intelsat 29e satellite to support the growing needs of its corporate enterprise customers as well as its cellular backhaul customers throughout Latin America.

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°E and Intelsat 29e at 310°E. This will enable Axesat to deliver services to a diverse group of customers and, with the flexibility of Intelsat’s satellite services, to tailor unique solutions for each.

Intelsat 29e, scheduled for launch in the first quarter of 2016, features the most advanced digital payload in the commercial satellite market, bringing unprecedented power, efficiency and accessibility to the marketplace. Its combination of high-power Ku-band spot beams, wide beams, open architecture design and backward compatibility will enable Axesat to easily integrate Intelsat EpicNG into its existing network with minimal upfront capital expenditures.  This will result in increased efficiencies and allow Axesat to focus on growing its business and expanding into new geographic areas.

Mauricio Segovia, President of Axesat, said: “Intelsat will allow us to seamlessly integrate HTS into our existing network, deliver more bandwidth and cost-efficient commercial solutions to our corporate and cellular backhaul customers, as well as support our growth strategies in the countries where we operate.”

Kurt Riegelman, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Intelsat, said: “With 3G networks on the rise in Latin America and the need for rural connectivity never greater, the Intelsat EpicNG platform will allow Axesat to capture growth in existing markets, expand their services into new locations and, importantly, improve broadband connectivity in the areas they wish to serve.”

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