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March 13, 2012

Intelsat Mobility Plans: Ideal for Moving Data and Entertaining Airline Passengers

What kind of traveler are you? Do you take a nap or read a book on your cross-oceanic plane flights? Or do you pop open your laptop in order to check your email the minute you are allowed to use electronic devices? Do you prefer to lounge around the deck of a cruise ship or would you rather be connected to your fantasy baseball team?

Well Intelsat (News - Alert), a company that focuses on broadcast media, banking and data services, and military/government services, has announced new mobility plans that are designed to address connectivity needs in the air and on the sea.

The company is launching six satellites between April of 2012 and January of 2013. This will include four Ku-band satellites which will combine with other satellites in their arsenal to provide 10 Ku-band beams from seven different satellites.

These Ku beams will focus on high-traffic shipping and air routes, according to Jason Bates, media communications manager at Intelsat. The intent is to provide broadband quality office and crew communications to ships for enterprises, and connectivity services for airline passengers.

Intelsat will sell through distributors to enterprises, targeting everything from cruise ships to oil rigs, allowing them to move important data, from seismic information to running Oracle (News - Alert).

The Ku band differs from the more powerful Ka band because it provides a wider beam while still being available in most weather conditions.

So, while end-users may be happy to be able to use their laptops to view the latest cute cat video on YouTube (News - Alert) while flying from LA to Paris, ships and oil rigs can also use this service to transmit mission-critical data as fast and reliably as possible. And then THEY can watch cute cat videos, too. 

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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