Eutelsat Moves into New-generation In-flight Connectivity Services via KA-SAT
New Eutelsat Air Access service to be commercially available across Europe
PARIS, January 24, 2013
PARIS, January 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) announces the launch of a new
aeronautical mobile service called Eutelsat Air Access designed to accelerate
the deployment by commercial airlines operating in Europe of in-flight
connectivity for passengers. Delivering speeds of up to 100 Mbps per airliner,
Eutelsat Air Access will be available from mid-2013.
The new service uses ViaSat SurfBeam® 2 technology, the most advanced and
competitive system available for airborne connectivity using the Ka-band,
andwill be deployed on Eutelsat's KA-SAT high throughput satellite which
delivers a total capacity of 90 Gbps.Leveraging the high transmission speeds
and bandwidth of KA-SAT, Eutelsat Air Accesswill allow aeronautical service
providers to offer passengers top-quality Internet access, videostreaming and
GSM services via tablets, smartphonesand laptops. Eutelsat also has the
option to add further unique ViaSat networking features for management of
high-speed service levels to passengers. The service will be launched across
Europe and the Mediterranean Basin, with the objective to expand the service
area using other Ka-band satellites.
Eutelsat is partnering on the deployment of Eutelsat Air Access with LiveTV,a
leading provider of live in-flight entertainment and connectivity services for
commercial airlines. LiveTV will provide, integrate and maintain on-board
equipment and operate Wi-Fi internet access services and video streaming for
passengers.As a pioneer in the expanding market for live in-flight
entertainment and connectivity, LiveTV has already equipped more than 700
aircraft around the world.Aer Lingus is the first carrier to seize the
opportunity of new-generation in-flight services. The Irish airline last month
signed a letter of intent with LiveTV and plans to launch in-cabin Internet
access for customers on its European network. The new service will be
available on Aer Lingus short-haul fleet, including Airbus A319/A320 and A321.
The first flights with the service are planned in the second half of 2013.
Eutelsat's CEO, Michel de Rosen, commented on the launch of airborne services
via KA-SAT: "We believe that in-flight connectivity is a strong growth market
and are ready with the latest technology and strong partnerships to address
this business. Over the next 10 years the number of aircraft offering in-cabin
entertainment and connectivity services via passenger devices should grow by
more than 50% a year in Europe and the Middle East, and more than 80%
inAsiaand the Pacific.Eutelsat has already gained experience in
aeronautical mobile services using Ku band satellites. WithEutelsat Air
Accesswe are moving into a new era to enable airlines to cost-effectively
bring in-cabin connectivity to their customers."
About Eutelsat Communications (http://www.eutelsat.com)
Eutelsat Communications is the holding company of Eutelsat S.A. With capacity
commercialised on 30 satellites delivering reach of Europe, the Middle East,
Africa, Asia, significant parts of the Americas and the Asia-Pacific, Eutelsat
Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL, ISIN code: FR0010221234)is one of the
world's leading satellite operators. As of 30 September 2012 Eutelsat's
satellites were broadcasting more than 4,400 television channels to over 200
million cable and satellite homes in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The
Group's satellites also provide a wide range of services for TV contribution,
corporate networks and fixed and mobile broadband markets. Headquartered in
Paris, Eutelsat and its subsidiaries employ over 750 commercial, technical and
operational professionals from 30 countries.
SOURCE Eutelsat Communications
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