Intelsat Wins SD-WAN-over-Satellite Award

Intelsat S.A. delivers video and broadband services anywhere in the world – their network combines a satellite backbone with terrestrial infrastructure, managed services and an open, interoperable architecture to enable customers to drive revenue and reach through a new generation of network services.

The company’s “SD-WAN over Satellite Access” demonstration won the 2019 Service Implementation of the Year award at the MEF 3.0 Proof-of-Concept Showcase. It illustrated how the current MEF “lifecycle service orchestration” standards can enable customers to implement and manage remote site connectivity across different network providers, different network types (terrestrial and space), and different SD-WAN technology vendors… All through a single user portal.

Intelsat Vice President and General Manager, Networks Jean-Philippe Gillet

“The future of global enterprise communications will integrate space and terrestrial networks into a seamless network,” said Intelsat Vice President and General Manager, Networks Jean-Philippe Gillet. “By partnering with others in the digital ecosystem, including SD-WAN and cloud enablers, Intelsat is demonstrating how we are continuing to innovate, expanding beyond satellite capacity and platforms. Through this SD-WAN proof-of-concept, coupled with our recently announced availability of Cloud Direct with Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute, Intelsat customers are better positioned to meet and adapt to their emerging needs.”

Intelsat’s partners on the demo included SD-WAN vendors 128 Networks and Nuage Networks (a Nokia company); terrestrial service provider CMC Networks; SD-WAN CPE vendor Kontron; software and services providers Infovista and Cloudify; and business/network consulting company GDX. 

Pairing SD-WAN with satellite-based services provides unique value to an enterprise that other solutions on the market today can’t offer, including:

  • Global reach that enables connectivity in locations where alternatives are not available, unreliable, or are too expensive
  • Quick time-to-deploy to almost anywhere on the globe, reducing the time needed to bring up new sites
  • Improved site resiliency and immunity to local fiber cuts and terrestrial outages
  • Always-on capacity providing an additional layer of connectivity, especially for applications with broadcast requirements
  • Unique to satellite-based service, the ability to share capacity across multiple locations in the same region and distribute capacity as application and site needs dictate.

“Interoperability standards, driven by software-enabled and -defined services, will bring together satellite, terrestrial and wireless solutions across telecom and networking to help simplify services for customers,” said Gillet. “This recognition is a testament to the simplified, user-friendly services that Intelsat is focused on developing to help its customers around the world grow their businesses and achieve mission success.”

Congrats to Intelsat on the win – very exciting and a great solution for companies looking for SD-WAn solutions – especially in remote locations like oil rigs, or remote branch offices.

In related news, two weeks ago, BlackSky, a leading provider of geospatial intelligence, satellite imaging and global monitoring services, announced it has secured a $50 million senior secured loan from Intelsat. The transaction results in an industry first, creating a strategic relationship that pairs Earth observation with a global communications infrastructure.

The new capital will allow BlackSky to augment existing assets and alliances, ensuring BlackSky remains a leader in delivering actionable Earth intelligence faster, with greater accuracy and more affordably than anyone else in the industry. Over time, BlackSky could incorporate access to Intelsat’s robust global communications infrastructure, delivering first-to-know insights to customers no matter where in the world they are.

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