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China’s APSATCOM And Intelsat Launch IntelsatOne Flex In Asia-Pacific For Chinese Maritime Sector

Intelsat Headquarters in the United States. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Intelsat S.A. has announced that APT Mobile Satcom Ltd. (APSATCOM) will become the first maritime solution partner to offer, in China, IntelsatOne Flex for maritime services. This agreement will deliver a seamless global maritime network for APSATCOM’s customers, providing unparalleled throughput, improved economics, and easier access to broadband services.

Under the new, multi-year agreement, Intelsat will provide IntelsatOne Flex for Maritime services, interconnection, and backhaul to APSATCOM’s data centres. IntelsatOne Flex for Maritime platform is a seamlessly integrated managed service that offers multi-layered global coverage by leveraging the power of the Intelsat EpicNG high-throughput satellites (HTS) and Intelsat’s global network of wide beam satellites.

IntelsatOne Flex for Maritime provides a flexible infrastructure for solution partners looking to incorporate high-throughput services while avoiding the complexity of forecasting throughput requirements across the various beams. This enables those solution partners to dramatically improve their economics while delivering higher performance broadband service more efficiently. APSATCOM and other solution partners are able, through this IntelsatOne Flex Service, to customize their solutions and, in turn, deliver a unique value proposition for each of their customers.

APSATCOM, which provides a suite of applications for maritime customers to manage business operations and provide crew services, will introduce its IntelsatOne Flex for Maritime offering with a 1-metre antenna solution focusing on Chinese vessels. About 90 percent of global trade is conducted via shipping, and China’s role continues to grow, according to the International Chamber of Shipping. The global reach of IntelsatOne Flex for Maritime also enables APSATCOM to extend its offerings throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

“To support the growing communications requirements of our maritime customers, we needed a high-powered, reliable managed services platform,” said Jason Li, CEO of APSATCOM. “IntelsatOne Flex for Maritime provides us with the throughput, flexibility, and redundancy we need to deliver a consistent level of service and availability wherever our customers need it. This enables them to enhance the efficiency of their business operations while at sea and provide fast, reliable Wi-Fi connectivity that improves crew morale and loyalty.”

“IntelsatOne Flex for Maritime will help deliver the highest quality, global communications service with ultimate reliability, allowing APSATCOM’s services to be enhanced and expanded even further,” said Mark Rasmussen, Intelsat’s vice president and general manager, mobility services. “When designing the platform, our main goal was to enable simple access to Intelsat’s mobility network while allowing our solution partners to customize and maintain full control over service differentiation — something that is not possible with global maritime service platforms offered by other companies. Using IntelsatOne Flex for Maritime, APSATCOM will be able to generate much improved economics and leverage its unique value, applications, and market position to meet the specialized needs of its customers.”

APT Mobile Satcom Limited (APSATCOM) was incorporated in Shenzhen, China, in July 2016, and is committed to building an integrative space-ground self-controllable global broadband satellite communications system through launching three or four satellites.

The first satellite, APSTAR-6D, will be launched and in-service at the end of 2019. APSTAR-6D will be a new generation high-throughput satellite (HTS) covering substantially all land and ocean of the Asia-Pacific region and will provide whole-terrestrial and all-weather high-quality, efficient, cost-effective satellite broadband Internet services in aviation, maritime, and on land markets respectively.

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