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Intelsat wins Global Eagle expansion contracts

It must have been a tough set of negotiations but Intelsat on Oct 26 announced a ”multi-year” suite of capacity agreements with In Flight Entertainment (IFE) operator Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE).

In a joint statement the pair say the deal is a “new and expanded contract to deliver reliable, high-performance broadband connectivity across five continents and multiple vertical markets across air, land and sea.”

The service will utilise C- and Ku-band services on eight satellites in Intelsat’s current system as well as two Intelsat Epic satellites, Intelsat 33e and Intelsat 35e. Overall, GEE now has contracted satellite services on three out of the seven planned Intelsat Epic satellites and 17 Intelsat satellites in
total.

“Our business model is based on helping our customers deliver an at-home experience to millions of people moving around the planet – on planes, cruise ships, superyachts and more. To do this, we need a seamless, global and fully interoperable infrastructure that can be customised to meet diverse and totally dynamic user demands. The performance, scalability and global reach of Intelsat’s solutions will nicely complement our extensive global ecosystem of satellite networks, enabling us to provide ubiquitous, broadband connectivity and to shift resources quickly – critical in the mobility markets we serve,” said Abel Avellan, President/Chief Strategy Officer, GEE.”

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