Eutelsat Communications has signed a multi-orbit agreement with Intelsat to enhance connectivity solutions over Europe, the Middle East, and the Pacific, including OneWeb services.
Through this new seven-year multi-million euro capacity agreement with a progressive deployment of assets over 2023, Intelsat will be able to provide air, land and sea connectivity solutions using Eutelsat’s High-throughput satellites in the Ku-band, including the recently launched Eutelsat 10B satellite and OneWeb’s constellation.
This deal cements a proposed deal previously announced on the Eutelsat 10B satellite in October 2019 between Eutelsat and Gogo Commercial Aviation, acquired by Intelsat in 2020. The new capacity agreement adds OneWeb’s LEO (low-Earth orbit) solution to a larger portion of Eutelsat’s HTS GEO (geostationary orbit) assets (Eutelsat 172B, the coming Eutelsat 10B, and the future Flexsat), creating a unique hybrid offer that provides Intelsat with enhanced connectivity capacities.
Customers worldwide will be able to benefit from a seamless connectivity service enabled by the combination of the GEO and LEO assets of the three entities: Eutelsat’s and Intelsat’s GEO fleets coupled with OneWeb’s ground-breaking LEO network.
Commenting on the deal, Cyril Dujardin, General Manager of the Connectivity Business Unit of Eutelsat and Ben Griffin, Vice President, Mobility at OneWeb, said: “Eutelsat and OneWeb are proud to collaborate to provide Intelsat with the best connectivity solutions. This truly hybrid approach paves the way for thorough connectivity solutions for all stakeholders, be it in the air, at sea, or on the ground. In all, it will deliver customers the best of both worlds in an integrated seamless approach.”