Australian Satellite Communications Boosts Bandwidth Requirements on EUTELSAT 172A for Panasonic Avionics Corporation

Australian Satellite Communications Boosts Bandwidth Requirements on EUTELSAT
                   172A for Panasonic Avionics Corporation

Full Ku-band transponder leased for in-flight passenger connectivity

PR Newswire

PARIS, April 10, 2013

PARIS, April 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) today announced that Australian
Satellite Communications (ASC) is increasing capacity leased on the EUTELSAT
172A satellite for Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic), the world
leader in in-flight entertainment. Australian Satellite Communications has
signed a multi-year lease for a 36 MHz transponder on the EUTELSAT 172A
satellite to benefit from its superior performance and coverage of the South
Pacific, including Australia and New Zealand.

This new expansion of bandwidth requirements builds on ASC's existing leasing
agreements with Eutelsat for capacity on EUTELSAT 172A to enable Panasonic
Avionics Corporation to address airline routes over Australia and New Zealand
and for trans-Tasman flights, with teleporting managed from ASC's teleport in

Mark Borgas, General Manager of ASC commented on the new contract: "We are
very pleased to scale up the service we provide to Panasonic Avionics
Corporation on EUTELSAT 172A. The strong features of this satellite, combined
with ourAdelaideteleport facilitiesenable us to meet the stringent and
growing requirements for sophisticated in-flight communication and

Andrew Jordan CEO of Eutelsat Asia, said: "In-flight connectivity at 35,000
feet is changing the face of air travel. We are delighted that EUTELSAT 172A
is increasingly servicing this market and meeting the high expectations of ASC
and the world's first global Ku frequency high bandwidth aeronautical network
operated by Panasonic Avionics Corporation."

Panasonic's Global Communications Service provides two-way broadband
connectivity, supporting a wide range of passenger and crew applications
including Internet access, voice, data and the ability to monitor and transmit
airline operational data in real-time at speeds of up 50 Mbps to the aircraft.

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 31 December 2012 Eutelsat's
satellites were broadcasting 4,500 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 780 commercial, technical and
operational professionals from 30 countries.

SOURCE Eutelsat Communications

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