Here at SATCOM Frontier we usually keep our eyes on the sky, reporting on satellite related topics. Recently, our parent company Intelsat made an announcement closer to Earth but one that could extend the power of SATCOM for hundreds of clients.
The announcement was an interconnection agreement between Intelsat and PCCW, a premier telecommunications service provider. The two companies are linking their advanced, Multi-Protocol Label Switched (MPLS) networks together to provide access to almost every part of the globe.
MPLS networks are more powerful and can be managed more efficiently than older, circuit-switched networks. Different types of data traffic can be given different levels of priority inside the same “pipe.” For example, a corporation can extend its Local Area Network (LAN) to almost any location by connecting to the IntelsatOneSM terrestrial network.
This is the first-ever interconnect between IntelsatONE and a partner network that supports both media and network services, meeting the growing demand from customers for converged delivery solutions in new locations around the globe.
Intelsat can now extend the reach of IntelsatONE to key locations in multiple Asian cities on PCCW Global’s network, including Jakarta, Seoul, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur, and major European cities including Amsterdam, Moscow and Stockholm. Customers in these locations can take advantage of the expanding service capabilities and global network solutions offered by Intelsat’s robust ground and space infrastructure.
A major client can now connect its operations in Angola with the home office in the United States far more easily and securely. The agreement with PCCW also allows direct terrestrial connection to the Reach Stanley teleport, allowing for important backup services for the entire Asia Pacific region.
SATCOM obviously depends on assets in orbit. But the data harvested from space is useless if it cannot reach the end user. These interconnection agreements are putting the power of the largest satellite constellation in the world to work for more and more customers down here on Earth.