Hispasat and Intelsat expand their strategic agreement to provide inflight connectivity through Amazonas Nexus

May 11, 2023

The agreement includes long-term leasing of the entire capacity of Hispasat’s new satellite in the United States and Brazil, as well as a significant capacity volume in the North Atlantic corridor.

The Amazonas Nexus was launched into space on February 6 from Cape Canaveral and will be operational this summer.

Hispasat and Intelsat, the leading global provider of broadband connectivity products and services for aviation, have reached an agreement to expand and extend the agreement reached in 2019 to lease the capacity on Hispasat's latest satellite, Amazonas Nexus. Specifically, this new partnership includes long-term leasing of the entire satellite capacity available over the United States and Brazil, as well as a significant part of the capacity of the Amazonas Nexus over the North Atlantic corridor. Thanks to this, Intelsat will offer inglight connectivity services in these areas with a high volume of air traffic, as well as corporate and cellular backhaul services.

Adam Troy, VP of Network Partnerships at Intelsat, affirmed that “our long and successful collaboration with Hispasat in providing connectivity services on commercial flights, together with the excellent coverage and flexibility in orbit from the Amazonas Nexus, has led us to sign this agreement which strategically reinforces our offering in the American and Brazilian commercial aviation, mobility and network service markets.”

Ignacio Sanchis, CCO of Hispasat, thanked Intelsat for the trust shown by “this long-term agreement, which confirms our commitment to the Amazonas Nexus in the connectivity market in mobility environments and strengthens our position in the Americas”.

The Amazonas Nexus is a high throughput satellite, and the innovative architecture will serve to replace the Amazonas 2 in the 61º West orbital position. The new satellite, which was launched on February 6 from Cape Canaveral, will have a payload specifically dedicated to connectivity in mobility environments (planes and ships), in addition to other applications such as corporate communications and cellular backhaul rollouts. Furthermore, it will a launch a state-of-the-art Digital Transparent Processor, a technological innovation that will substantially increase the satellite’s flexibility and make it easier to adapt to the changes that may occur in demand.

Together with the extended long-term agreement with Intelsat, the Amazonas Nexus project includes two other strategic customers during its useful life: Tusass, the telecommunications operator from Greenland, and Artel, which will provide the Pathfinder 2 payload on board this satellite to the American Space Forces. In total, Hispasat has already reached long-term agreements to lease more than 60% of the capacity of the Amazonas Nexus, a notable milestone in a market that is trending towards short-term agreements. This highlights the growth in the demand for satellite services in mobility and corporate services in the Americas. In fact, the demand of capacity of inflight connectivity services is expected to multiply twelve-fold[1] in the period between 2021-2031.

About Intelsat

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About Hispasat

Hispasat offers satellite broadband and connectivity solutions including Internet access, mobility and the expansion of cellular networks, as well as other added-value proposals, to governments, corporations and telecommunications operators in the Americas, Europe and North Africa.It is also a leader in distributing Spanish and Portuguese audio-visual content and broadcasting important digital platforms such as Direct to Home (DTH) television and High Definition Television (HDTV), in addition to managing transportation and audio-visual signals from Hispasat Peru’s teleport in Lurín. Hispasat, which is comprised of companies that have a presence in Spain as well as in the Americas, where its Brazilian affiliate Hispamar is based, is one of the world’s largest companies in its sector in terms of revenue, and the main communications bridge between Europe and the Americas.

Press contact: Víctor Inchausti – tel. +34 667 31 29 48 – vinchausti@hispasat.es / comunicacion@hispasat.es

[1] Source: Euroconsult, 2022.