UnicomAirNet Chooses Eutelsat for In-Flight Connectivity Services in Asia Pacific

16-Feb-2018 Intellasia | BusinessWire | 1:15 PM Print This Post

PARIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Regulatory News:

UnicomAirNet (UAN) has signed a multi-year agreement with Eutelsat Asia,
an affiliate of Eutelsat Communications (Paris:ETL) (Euronext Paris:
ETL), to address the fast-growing in-flight connectivity (IFC) market in
the Asia Pacific region.

UnicomAirNet was established in 2017 by China Unicom’s broadband network
unit and Hangmei, Chinese Wi-Fi service and content provider for
railways and buses, to provide IFC services to Chinese commercial

As of 2019, UnicomAirNet will lease the remaining capacity on the High
Throughput payload of the EUTELSAT 172B satellite, to enhance IFC
services across an area stretching from the West coast of North America
to Asia and Australia.

The agreement follows the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding
(MoU) between China Unicom and Eutelsat, which took place during the
French President Emmanuel Macron’s state visit to China in January. The
MoU aims at addressing the satellite communications market in Asia
Pacific, within the framework of the “Belt and Road” initiative.

The EUTELSAT 172B satellite was launched in June 2017 on-board an Ariane
5 rocket. Built by Airbus, EUTELSAT 172B is the first European
all-electric satellite. Optimised for in-flight connectivity, its
innovative High Throughput payload of 11 spot beams enhances efficiency,
enabling dynamic power allocation on high-traffic air routes in the Asia
Pacific region.

Herman Guo, General Manager of UnicomAirNet, said: “The trans-Pacific
region is the world’s busiest aviation market, with the fastest growth
rate. EUTELSAT 172B will provide high quality IFC services to passengers
with the best performance and efficiency.”

Rodolphe Belmer, CEO of Eutelsat, added: “This contract represents
the first tangible step of our MoU, leveraging the strengths of both
partners to tap the considerable opportunities in the IFC market
the Asia Pacific region. It also demonstrates the exceptional quality of
the coverage of EUTELSAT 172B in this market.”

About Eutelsat Communications

Founded in 1977, Eutelsat Communications is one of the world’s leading
satellite operators. With a global fleet of satellites and associated
ground infrastructure, Eutelsat enables clients across Video, Data,
Government, Fixed and Mobile Broadband markets to communicate
effectively to their customers, irrespective of their location. Over
6,700 television channels operated by leading media groups are broadcast
by Eutelsat to one billion viewers equipped for DTH reception or
connected to terrestrial networks. Headquartered in Paris, with offices
and teleports around the globe, Eutelsat assembles 1,000 men and women
from 44 countries who are dedicated to delivering the highest quality of
service. Eutelsat Communications is listed on the Euronext Paris Stock
Exchange (ticker: ETL).
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