MTN Satellite Communications (MTN) has selected the Intelsat EpicNG broadband connectivity platform to provide more than 2GB connectivity for MTN’s cruise and yacht customers in the Caribbean.

Under the long term deal, MTN will use the first Intelsat EpicNG satellite, Intelsat 29e, to provide broadband telecommunications at sea.

MTN will initially use Intelsat’s Ku-band mobile global broadband infrastructure but following the scheduled launch of Intelsat 29e in 2015, MTN will partly transition its service to the Intelsat Epic platform.

According to Intelsat, the new EpicNG platform will enable MTN to differentiate its service features and achieve higher throughput per vessel, changing the cruise ship experience by offering affordable, reliable connectivity.

MTN Satellite Communications president and CEO Errol Olivier said that the company has selected the Intelsat EpicNG platform for its High-Throughput Multi-Spot (HTMS) Ku-band solution for the Caribbean.

"This is the first of a series of strategic initiatives that will include much more than just satellite bandwidth."

MTN senior vice president of network engineering Kevin McCarthy said that the new Intelsat EpicNG platform will give the company control, allowing it to customise every aspect of the service.

"The resulting design will provide unmatched throughput and reliability, while maintaining backwards compatibility with the rest of our global Ku-band network," McCarthy said. "Our cruise and yacht customers will be able to seamlessly roam into our high-throughput beams with their existing Ku antennas."

MTN provides communications systems to cruise lines, commercial shipping, oil and gas, mega yachts, government entities and aviation markets.