UnicomAirNet picks Eutelsat for in-flight connectivity services in Asia Pacific

UnicomAirNet (UAN) has signed a multi-year agreement with Eutelsat Asia, an affiliate of Eutelsat Communications (Paris:ETL) (Euronext Paris: ETL), to address the fast-growing in-flight connectivity (IFC) market in the Asia Pacific region, the company said.

UnicomAirNet was established in 2017 by China Unicom´s broadband network unit and Hangmei, Chinese Wi-Fi service and content provider for railways and buses, to provide IFC services to Chinese commercial airlines.

As of 2019, UnicomAirNet will lease the remaining capacity on the High Throughput payload of the EUTELSAT 172B satellite, to enhance IFC services across an area stretching from the West coast of North America to Asia and Australia.

The agreement follows the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between China Unicom and Eutelsat, which took place during the French President Emmanuel Macron´s state visit to China in January. The MoU aims at addressing the satellite communications market in Asia Pacific, within the framework of the “Belt and Road” initiative.

Founded in 1977, Eutelsat Communications is one of the world´s satellite operators. With a global fleet of satellites and associated ground infrastructure, Eutelsat enables clients across Video, Data, Government, Fixed and Mobile Broadband markets to communicate effectively to their customers, irrespective of their location. Over 6,700 television channels operated by media groups are broadcast by Eutelsat to one billion viewers equipped for DTH reception or connected to terrestrial networks. Headquartered in Paris, with offices and teleports around the globe, Eutelsat assembles 1,000 men and women from 44 countries who are dedicated to delivering the highest quality of service.