South Florida-based MTN Satellite Communications (MTN) will leverage the first Intelsat EpicNG satellite, Intelsat 29e, to provide more than 2 gigabits of capacity for MTN’s cruise and yacht customers in the Caribbean.
MTN and Intelsat S.A., a Luxembourg-based provider of satellite services, have entered into a long-term agreement for the high-performance, open architecture satellite platform for the cruise and yacht sectors.
Initially, MTN will use 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.
“This game-changing infrastructure will allow us to once again set the bar for broadband telecommunications at sea,” said Errol Olivier, president and CEO of MTN. “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. We are confident that our service on Intelsat EpicNG, along with our other innovative wireless and application optimization solutions, will exceed our customers’ expectations.”
“The innovative Intelsat EpicNG platform will give us unprecedented control, allowing us to customize every aspect of the service,” said Kevin McCarthy, MTN’s senior vice president of network engineering. “The resulting design will provide unmatched throughput and reliability, while maintaining backwards compatibility with the rest of our global Ku-band network. Our cruise and yacht customers will be able to seamlessly roam into our high-throughput beams with their existing Ku antennas.”