The UON inflight connectivity service from Saudi Arabia’s Taqnia Space will offer service from Europe to Asia thanks to a new deal with Eutelsat to add Ku-band capacity. The deal brings Ku-band widebeam coverage spanning Europe, the Middle East and South Asia plus an additional HTS transponder with coverage flexibility. The company is scaling up strong, but will it be enough to succeed in a crowded market?
For Eutelsat the deal is undoubtedly good news. The Taqnia contract spans multiple years and multiple transponders. Company CEO Rodolphe Belmer might be overstating the significance in declaring it a demonstration of “the capacity of our satellite fleet to meet the growing needs of the largest operators in the field of in-flight connectivity,” but industry is clearly headed in that direction and Taqnia wants to be a player with its UON platform.
Over the last few years, in-flight connectivity has become a must-have for passengers looking for an ever-improving air travel experience that allows them to carry on using their digital devices without disruption. By extending the contract with Eutelsat on EUTELSAT 3B and adding new capacity over a wider area through leased resources on EUTELSAT 70B, we are certain that we can deliver a high-quality response to the exponential requirements of the airlines we partner with and ensure continuous global connectivity service. – Abdullah Al-Osaimi, CEO of Taqnia Space
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