Intelsat will expand its partnership with Eutelsat and OneWeb, securing additional capacity for its mobile connectivity solutions over Europe, the Middle East, and the Pacific. The deal builds on relationships between the companies, and also highlights potential synergies tied to Eutelsat’s planned purchase of OneWeb in both the LEO and GEO constellations.
In a joint statement, 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.
Under a 2019 deal, Gogo and Eutelsat agreed on a capacity purchase on the Eutelsat 10B satellite. That contract was absorbed by Intelsat in its acquisition of the Gogo commercial aviation business. Today’s deal adds OneWeb’s LEO capacity to the mix, while also enabling access to a larger portion of Eutelsat’s HTS GEO assets, including EUTELSAT 172B, the coming EUTELSAT 10B, and the future Flexsat.
The deal also shows Intelsat’s commitment to finding the right satellite capacity for its mobility customers, even if its own satellites don’t deliver the needed links. It will also mix its own GEO satellites into the overall offering to deliver connectivity to airlines and other customers around the globe.
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