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By SME Digital Correspondent

Liquid Telecom and Intelsat on Thursday announced a new agreement that will introduce high-performance Intelsat satellite services into the Liquid Telecom network.

Intelsat is an operator of the world’s first Globalized Network and delivers high-quality, cost-effective video and broadband services anywhere in the world. As part of the new, multi-year agreement, Liquid Telecom has committed to dedicated services on the Intelsat 33e satellite, which began operations earlier this year.

By taking advantage of Intelsat’s high-throughput satellite (HTS) solutions, Liquid Telecom will be able to deliver more bandwidth with greater efficiency to meet the growing needs of businesses across Africa.

“Breakthroughs in technology continue to position satellite as a more compelling connectivity solution for businesses across Africa. By teaming with Intelsat, Liquid Telecom will be at the forefront of satellite communications, ensuring we can meet the future bandwidth needs of our customers no matter where they are in the region,” said Scott Mumford, Liquid Telecom’s Group Managing Executive of Satellite and VSAT.

Intelsat 33e, the second in the global Intelsat EpicNG HTS fleet, is a next-generation, high-performance satellite that delivers improved performance, better economics and simplified access for satellite service providers such as Liquid Telecom. Designed as a complementary overlay to the world’s largest fixed satellite network, Intelsat EpicNG is backward compatible with Intelsat’s existing global satellite fleet of approximately 50 satellites and is connected by the global IntelsatOne terrestrial network.

He added: “We are also delighted to be Intelsat’s local partner as it continues to introduce the suite of Intelsat EpicNG services to Africa.”

Engineering work is currently underway and Liquid Telecom is expected to begin using the Intelsat EpicNG platform at the end of July.

Furthering the relationship between the companies, Liquid Telecom has been awarded a three-year contract from Intelsat to provide fiber backhaul and uplinking services from its South Africa teleport that will be integrated into the IntelsatOne network as Intelsat extends its managed services platform into Africa. The gateway service will enable Intelsat to accelerate the introduction of Intelsat EpicNG services, building on its leading position in the broadband and enterprise sectors.

“Our goal is to support customer growth in Africa and to work together to enhance the infrastructure that connects broadband and enterprise customers in Africa. Teaming with Liquid Telecom, the leading independent IP, voice and data provider across Africa, will enhance their service platform and add to our capabilities as we build upon the footprint we’ve already established in the region,” said Brian Jakins, Intelsat’s Regional Vice President, Africa Sales.

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