Intelsat 33e enters service

Operating from 60° East, the Intelsat 33e HTS will extend services to Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, Mediterranean and Indian Ocean

Following a successful launch in August last year, the Boeing-manufactured Intelsat 33e high throughput satellite (HTS) has completed all in-orbit testing and commenced service this January.

The second satellite to be introduced under the Intelsat EpicNG HTS platform, the Intelsat 33e operates from the 60° East orbital location, and will extend Intelsat’s HTS services in C-, Ku- and Ka-band to Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, Mediterranean and Indian Ocean.

Equipped with a flexible HTS payload design, the Intelsat 33e will enable the delivery of broadband services to fixed and mobile network operators, as well as the distribution of regionalised content for media organisations, said Intelsat.

Some organisations who have committed to the Intelsat 33e include in-flight entertainment and connectivity operators Gogo and Panasonic Avionics, as well as media companies including TV & Radio Broadcasting (formerly Television and Radio Broadcasting of Armenia) and MultiChoice of South Africa.

Intelsat has also scheduled three additional EpicNG satellites — Intelsat 32e, Intelsat 35e and Intelsat 37e — for launch this year.

The Horizons 3e satellite, when launched next year at the 169° East orbital location, will complement the Intelsat EpicNG global footprint by extending the coverage of Intelsat EpicNG to the Pacific Ocean and Asia-Pacific.

Stephen Spengler, CEO for Intelsat, concluded: “Intelsat is delivering on the promise of HTS, and our design and strategy will advance our vision of unlocking access to new, larger and faster-growing sectors for Intelsat and our customers.”

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