Intelsat S.A. entered an agreement with SoftBank Mobile Corp. for the provision of managed network services in Japan. SoftBank Mobile signed a multi-year, multi-transponder agreement using capacity on Intelsat 8 at 169º East and the fully managed IntelsatOne terrestrial network.
SoftBank Mobile will use Intelsat's solutions to complete infrastructure for cellular and data backhaul services to its customers throughout the southern islands of Japan. Additionally, Intelsat will provide local licensing support to SoftBank Mobile for VSAT terminals, certain equipment and customized operations.
"Among the options available for cellular backhaul networks in the region, Intelsat's managed solution stood out for its outstanding reliability and service quality," said SoftBank Mobile General Manager of Satellite Networks Tetsuji Katayama. "Through this agreement, we are able to expand our service area and enhance our offerings to customers in the geographically dispersed southern islands of Japan."
"Mobile service leaders such as SoftBank are increasingly seeking reliable network solutions across the Asia-Pacific region," said Terry Bleakley, Intelsat's Regional Vice President of Asia-Pacific Sales. "Our satellite fleet and IntelsatOne infrastructure will enable SoftBank to seamlessly increase the reach of its mobile network with a highly scalable, enterprise-grade solution."