Mobile Phone: Morocco’s INWI Gets Boost from Intelsat

Morocco’s mobile phone operator INWI has inked a deal with Intelsat to integrate services from its 35e satellite in its network in a bid to gain competitive edge in local market.
The move comes after INWI got a VSAT license from Morocco’s National Agency of Telecommunications Regulation (ANRT). The Moroccan mobile phone operator is also preparing to launch broadband connectivity services.
The deal it sealed with Intelsat will enable INWI to enhance its existing network while also delivering improved performance that supports its goal to expand its business and reach new regions in the country.
“In light of our new VSAT license from Moroccan regulators, we are able to expand our operations in Morocco and throughout West Africa,” said Naoual Laabsi, VSAT Design Manager, INWI.
“In order to do this, we need the ability to manage our own network and provide new solutions for customers. The Intelsat EpicNG platform, with its high-throughput capabilities and future-proof technology, provides us the best way to reach these goals and succeed in a highly competitive market”, she added.
Mr. Jean-Philippe Gillet, Intelsat’s Vice President & General Manager, Broadband said : “INWI is a progressive mobile operator, incorporating new technologies that support the introduction of new services and entering into expanded geographies. As soon as Intelsat 35e becomes available, it will immediately begin supporting the INWI mission, given the backwards compatibility of the Intelsat EpicNG design”.
Intelsat 35e, with its unique collection of high power wide-beams and spot-beams in C- and Ku-band is “an ideal satellite for mobile operators seeking higher performance on their current satellite infrastructures”, explained Intelsat General Manager.

Intelsat 35e, part of the high-performance Intelsat EpicNG network, is scheduled to launch and enter operations in 2017. The flexibility of the Intelsat EpicNG open architecture and backward-compatible design enables service providers to seamlessly transition to Intelsat EpicNG high-throughput services and immediately realize efficiency improvements.
Intelsat operates the world’s first Globalized Network, delivering high-quality, cost-effective video and broadband services anywhere in the world. Intelsat’s Globalized Network combines the world’s largest 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.
Thousands of organizations serving billions of people worldwide rely on Intelsat to provide ubiquitous broadband connectivity, multi-format video broadcasting, secure satellite communications and seamless mobility services.
As to INWI, it is a global operator covering all telecommunications services in Morocco, including voice services, Internet and data for private and corporate clients with a network covering 96 pc of the Moroccan population.
INWI seeks to provide Internet for all. The operator offers services that enable Moroccans to adopt technological solutions in their everyday lives.

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