Eutelsat and Unicom sign MoU for inflight satellite comms and more

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Eutelsat Communications has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with China Unicom, who will leverage resources on the recently launched Eutelsat 172B satellite to enhance inflight connectivity services across an area stretching from the West coast of North America to Asia, and down to Australia.

The MoU is also more broadly designed to address the satellite communications market in Asia-Pacific in the framework of the “Belt and Road” initiative.

Cooperation to further develop satellite communication services across the globe is also under consideration.

“This agreement builds on the cooperation that started in 2008, when Eutelsat provided satellite transmission services to China Unicom during the Beijing Olympic Games,” said Eutelsat CEO Rodolphe Belmer, adding that the cooperation deal also highlights the quality and reach of its in-orbit resources, in particular at the 172° East orbital position.

“This reinforced partnership will allow both companies to leverage on their own strengths in order to address future opportunities in the connectivity markets,” he said.

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