The expansion will also enhance the service coverage for Intelsat’s 8,000 existing FlexMaritime vessels.
The development provides access for Indian-registered vessels to Intelsat’s high throughput maritime network. Intelsat's expansion is made possible by a new in-country gateway that is operationally ready to provide service via Intelsat’s HTS satellites under India-based partner Cloudcast’s In-Flight and Maritime Connectivity (IFMC) license.
FlexMaritime provides high-speed, resilient connectivity service with 99.95 per cent proven network uptime. The expansion of FlexMaritime into India will open new business opportunities and accelerate digital transformation for thousands of Indian-flagged vessels and ships trading in Indian territorial waters.
"The completion of this regulatory milestone means customers of our FlexMaritime solutions partners will immediately benefit from the well-known power, performance and resilience of the FlexMaritime service in Indian waters," said Intelsat senior vice president of mobility, Mark Rasmussen. "The network expansion also demonstrates Intelsat's commitment to mobility services providing yet another new dimension of global trade with access for Indian companies."
Services are slated for availability at the beginning of 2022 through Intelsat's many solutions partners.