Checking emails and social networks, streaming live content at 36,000 feet are poised to become reality at the end of this year for passengers connected to Taqnia Space Aero services´ platform following an agreement between Eutelsat Communications (Paris: ETL) and Taqnia Space (TSC), Taqnia said.
The multi-million dollar, multi-year deal covers spotbeam capacity on the EUTELSAT 3B satellite in order to provide HTS connectivity services to Taqnia Space Airline clients over the Middle East, North Africa, Mediterranean and Europe regions.
Bandwidth on EUTELSAT 3B will support live TV, on-board voice / GSM and broadband connectivity from third quarter 2017 on commercial aircraft connected to the TSC Aero platform. Saudi Arabian Airlines will be the first commercial airline connected to the platform, with more than 100 medium and long-haul aircraft.
Passengers will enjoy the Taqnia Space Connectivity package through their devices – laptops, tablets, smartphones — on domestic flights in Saudi Arabia and international flights over the Middle East, North Africa, the Mediterranean and Europe.
Taqnia Space will use four High Throughput Ka-band (HTK) spotbeams on the EUTELSAT 3B satellite that have been steered by Eutelsat to cover flight paths extending from London to Saudi Arabia and from Casablanca to Oman.
Taqnia Space (TSC) is a Saudi company owned by Saudi PIF (Public Investment Fund).
Established in 1977, Eutelsat Communications operates communications satellites. The company provides capacity on 39 satellites to clients that include broadcasters and broadcasting associations, pay-TV operators, video, data and Internet service providers, enterprises and government agencies.