Panasonic Avionics Corporation has signed a multi-year agreement for Ku-band capacity on two multi-beam payloads on the EUTELSAT 10B satellite, due to be launched in 2022.

Through the contract with Eutelsat Communications, Panasonic will be able to provide multiple gigahertz of new extreme throughput Ku-band connectivity to airlines and passengers flying over a wide area across Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

“Panasonic Avionics is continuing to invest in its Ku-band connectivity network,” commented Ken Sain, chief executive officer of Panasonic Avionics Corporation. “This contract with a long-standing partner such as Eutelsat, with whom we already work with globally, illustrates our strategy to constantly expand our worldwide network with additional capacity, to create value for our airline customers and satisfy the needs of their passengers. We have collaborated closely with Eutelsat on this satellite design and we are very excited to see these efforts come to fruition.”

Meanwhile Panasonic said it will continue to optimise its worldwide network and add more state-of-the-art satellite capacity in high-density regions. The company said this satellite also provides high performance over lower density area such as Africa.

Philippe Oliva, Eutelsat’s chief commercial officer, said: “We are delighted that Panasonic Avionics has selected us once again to further extend its resources. This capacity commitment on our upcoming EUTELSAT 10B satellite reflects the quality of coverage at our 10° East location as well as our focus on developing competitive solutions to meet growing in-flight connectivity needs worldwide.”

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