The satellite is also providing extra bandwidth for video, cellular and maritime services from the 172° East position, with C-band capacity, as well as flexible Ku-band capacity spread across five interconnecting Widebeam service areas. The Ku-band capacity will serve as an overlay to economically deliver live television to passengers in flight.
“As Eutelsat 172B begins commercial activity that will stretch into the 2030s, this is a key moment to thank the men and women at Eutelsat and our colleagues at Airbus for collaborating passionately on a programme that sets a new industry standard. In addition to taking our 172° East location to a new level of performance for clients in the Asia-Pacific, Eutelsat 172B further validates the value of electric propulsion for high-capacity satellites that are core to providing cost-competitive services in the telecoms marketplace,” said Rodolphe Belmer, CEO, Eutelsat
Eutelsat 172B has now taken over the services on Eutelsat 172A, which will move to a different orbital position to serve customers in the Asia-Pacific region.