Eutelsat moves into new-generation in-flight connectivity services via KA-SAT

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Eutelsat moves into new-generation in-flight connectivity services via KA-SAT 
New Eutelsat Air Access service to be commercially available across Europe from
Paris, 24 January 2013 - 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(r) 2 technology, the most advanced and
competitive system available for airborne connectivity using the Ka-band, and
will 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 Access will allow aeronautical service 
providers to offer passengers top-quality Internet access, videostreaming and 
GSM services via tablets, smartphones and 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 Live TV, a
leading provider of live in-flight entertainment and connectivity services for
commercial airlines. Live TV 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, Live TV 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 Live TV and plans to launch in-cabin Internet
access for customers on its European network. The new service will be available
on Aer Lingus shorthaul 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% in Asia
and the Pacific. Eutelsat has already gained experience in aeronautical mobile
services using Ku band satellites. With Eutelsat Air Access we are moving into
a new era to enable airlines to costeffectively bring in-cabin connectivity to
their customers." 
About Eutelsat Communications ( 
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. 
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