Intelsat is making significant investments in its new Intelsat EpicNG satellite platform which will delivery increased throughput and cost efficiency. Just as important is our investment in innovative antenna technology and platforms which will simplify access to our satellites and open attractive new markets for our solutions.
KYMETA – Intelsat and Kymeta have joined to design and produce innovative, flat, electronically steerable, Ku-band mTenna™ satellite antenna solutions that are optimized for the Intelsat EpicNG high throughput satellite (HTS) platform.
Kymeta’s flat, thin, light and low-cost satellite tracking antennas will be designed to work seamlessly with Intelsat’s satellite fleet, providing complete flexibility to establish connectivity in sectors for which traditional antennas are not currently practical or feasible. The Intelsat-Kymeta development agreement is expected to lead to a range of antenna and terminal products across our core application verticals such as maritime and aero mobility. In addition, it will provide the opportunity to expand our reach into new verticals such as the Internet of Things (IoT), machine-to-machine (M2M) and ground transportation which are expected to experience significant demand over the next 10 years.
PHASOR – Intelsat and Phasor have joined to co-design and produce ultra thin, phased array Ku-band antennas optimized for the Intelsat NG® platform that will enable high performing, cost efficient Ku-band broadband connectivity. These antennas will cater to civil and government small-jet markets providing greater access, flexibility and choice for their broadband connectivity needs in the sky.
This marks the first cost-effective fuselage-mount Ku-band antenna suitable for installation on civil and government small-jets, which represent an underserved segment of the fast-growing aviation broadband market.
When used in conjunction with Intelsat EpicNG Ku-band satellites, the Phasor antenna technology is expected to enable broadband speeds to small-jets of over 15Mbit/s to the aircraft and 5 Mbit/s from the aircraft.
The antenna’s small size and low profile allows for easy integration onto small-jet aircraft’s structure. Being fully electronic, the antenna will be able to seamlessly and reliably steer to beams on Intelsat’s global Ku-band satellite fleet. The unique size and scalability of the Phasor antenna will allow service providers and aircraft operators to create a very high gain antenna array and RF performance resulting in dramatically higher speed broadband connectivity and greater geographical coverage at a much lower installation and operating cost.
Investments in LEO system, OneWeb
Intelsat has partnered with OneWeb to use OneWeb’s LEO platform, once established, to complement Intelsat’s geostationary orbit (“GEO”) satellite services, resulting in the first and only fully global, pole-to-pole high throughput satellite system.
The companies will also collaborate to develop hybrid LEO/GEO end-user access terminals. By complementing our GEO services with LEO services, we will be able to provide connectivity over the Earth’s poles and in urban canyons, coverage that is important for certain mobility applications.
Intelsat will have exclusive rights for distributing OneWeb’s services within the aeronautical and maritime sector verticals, and for certain U.S. government applications.
When fully deployed, OneWeb’s initial constellation of more than 600 LEO satellites will be the largest satellite constellation in orbit, providing approximately 10 terabits per second of low-latency, high-speed broadband to consumers around the globe.