Intelsat EpicNG: New Platform for Meeting Military and Government Bandwidth Challenges

It is no secret that the government is facing tremendous challenges when it comes to managing its bandwidth requirements.  With the globalization of intensive U.S. military operations, and the need for dynamic mobile applications, the military is often in need of support that extends beyond the limited availability and reliability of terrestrial networks.

To meet this need, satellites have become the foundation for critical government communications in many regions of the globe. But how can government and military manage these bandwidth issues without compromising military missions abroad?

Intelsat General has just announced that it is launching the Intelsat EpicNG platform, which provides government customers with a foundation for a range of high-powered mobile solutions, including airborne, manned and unmanned ISR, comms-on-the-move and manpacks. 

Intelsat EpicNG will provide data throughput in the range of 30-60 Gbps, which is more than four times faster than traditional satellite communication speeds.  While throughput often varies according to application and  satellite, this is a tremendous enhancement for providing actionable data to the warfighter, or for responding to natural disasters.

The new Intelsat EpicNG series will offer the following benefits to users:

  • Wide beams and spot beams in the same band providing the combined benefits of broadcast and high throughput.
  • Multi-band frequencies aligned to region- and application-specific requirements.
  • Open architecture that is backward compatible by using existing network infrastructure and forward compatible as ground technology evolves.
  • High throughput, high efficiency, high availability enabling smaller terminals, supporting new applications such as mobile broadband and aero, while also benefiting data-centric services like cellular backhaul.

The new platform also represents the progressive, high-performance evolution of Intelsat General’s network infrastructure, combining the technical advantages of spot-beam technology with the benefit of Intelsat’s premium spectral rights. And because EpicNG will use the Ku- and C-bands of the spectrum, it will support the significant investment government customers already have made in terminals using these frequency bands.

Intelsat EpicNG coverage is designed to address both current and expected areas of operations, including the Americas, the North Atlantic, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Oceania. Because EpicNG will cover primarily land mass areas, the platform will address incremental surge requirements from earthquakes, tsunamis and other emergency situations requiring immediate communications capacity.

Intelsat is launching its EpicNG platform on two next-generation satellites, Intelsat 29e and Intelsat 33e, with projected in-services dates in 2015 and 2016.

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