MWC 2018 served as the perfect stage for Intelsat to showcase two of its exciting projects- one was the preview of EKOCENTER while the other highlight was the debut of the only connected car using hybrid networks.
Intelsat has joined forces with The Coca-Cola Company to bring satellite-enabled Wi-Fi services to remote communities across Africa. Typically run by local women operators, EKOCENTER kiosks can provide safe drinking water, access to solar power, and together, with Intelsat, provide wireless communication services based on community’s needs. “It’s all about sustainability,” said Kurt Riegelman, SVP, sales and marketing, Intelsat. “The EKOCENTER kiosks help to create little hubs of commerce, access to IT and connectivity. We are excited to partner with Coca Cola on this. There are 160 ekocentres as of now and the goal is to get 2000 such centres by 2020.”
In the connected car space, Intelsat was excited to showcase disaster recovery vehicles with Kymeta flat panel antennas. Kymeta’s mTenna provides tracking techniques, ensuring that vehicles on the move maintain satellite connectivity anywhere in the world. This was recently on display in Puerto Rico where connected cars powered by Intelsat, Liberty Global and Kymeta were on the move delivering much needed connectivity to communities that were ravaged by Hurricane Maria.