Intelsat S.A. 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, the company said.
Under the new, multi-year agreement, Intelsat will provide IntelsatOne Flex for Maritime services, interconnection, and backhaul to APSATCOM's data centers. The award-winning 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-meter 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."