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Indigo - getting the best from next-generation satcoms

The Indigo project is part of ESA’s ARTES 33 Partner programme to provide the satcom industry with an efficient framework to bring innovative products and systems into the marketplace through industry-generated public–private partnerships.

New technologies to help fully exploit the capabilities of the next generation of high-throughput telecom satellites are being developed under a public–private partnership between ESA and global satellite operator Intelsat.

The Indigo project is developing new ground segment innovations that maximize the new capabilities offered by the latest Intelsat EpicNG satellites.

The Indigo partnership gives European industry the opportunity to enter the ecosystem of a prominent global operator.

ESA’s backing is supporting European industry and project industrial partner Newtec of Belgium, to improve their Newtec Dialog modems, hubs and network management system to exploit the capabilities offered by the latest multibeam, multiband telecom satellites.

Intelsat has chosen the versatile Newtec Dialog platform from Europe to deliver numerous services on the Intelsat EpicNG satellite platform and IntelsatOne terrestrial network.

Indigo will maximise the throughput delivered to customers and have the flexibility to adapt to advances in satellite technology and services.

These benefits will improve the quality of service and lower the total cost to customers, pave the way into markets not economically viable previously as well as enable new services across multiple sectors.

All partners and European subsystem suppliers of Indigo will have the opportunity to expand their product and service portfolios to capture a greater share of a highly competitive market.

Through Indigo, project participants gain ‘heritage’ through the worldwide deployment of several commercial pilot projects demonstrating the benefits of the Dialog innovations, and finally leading to full commercial services by early 2018.

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