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Panasonic agrees Telesat Ku-band capacity deal

Telstar 12 VANTAGE was launched in November 2015 Telstar 12 VANTAGE was launched in November 2015 Jaxa/MHI

Panasonic Avionics Corporation has signed a multi-year contract with Telesat for HTS Ku-band satellite capacity on maritime routes over Europe, the Mediterranean, Middle East and the North Sea, extending an existing agreement between the companies.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}In this latest agreement, Panasonic has contracted for nearly all the high throughput satellite (HTS) Ku-band capacity covering the Mediterranean, Europe and Middle East on Telesat’s new Telstar 12 VANTAGE.

Telstar 12 VANTAGE became fully operational at 15 degrees West in December 2015 and will provide Panasonic with HTS capacity to expand its mobile broadband offerings to maritime markets in the Mediterranean and other European waterways, as well as to oil and gas operators in the North Sea. 

The company will also use the Ku-band capacity to serve aero routes from Western Europe to the Middle East.

“Telesat is highly respected for their ability to design innovative satellites,” said David Bruner, vice president, global communications services at Panasonic Avionics.

“Their cooperation in adjusting the position of the HTS spot beams on Telstar 12 VANTAGE to meet Panasonic’s requirements was outstanding. This further optimises the service for Panasonic and gives us an edge in winning mobile broadband business in the air and at sea.”

“Panasonic now has Ku-band capacity on four Telesat satellites and, with this latest contract for nearly all the HTS Ku-band covering the Mediterranean, Europe and Middle East on Telstar 12 VANTAGE, we are well positioned to expand in maritime and energy markets across Europe.”

This new capacity deal is further evidence of Panasonic’s growing strategic focus on the maritime sector, with the company having recently agreed a deal with flat panel antenna company Kymeta to apply its antenna technology in the development of new satcom service packages for the shipping industry.{/mprestriction}

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