New high-capacity triple mission satellite for expansion in Asia-Pacific
In 2017, a new high-capacity satellite will be launched to 172° East to provide continuity and expansion capacity at this prime gateway for satellite services in Asia Pacific.
The EUTELSAT 172B satellite is a triple mission satellite with three distinct payloads:
- a C-band payload delivering increased power and broader coverage to enhance the service provided today to customers via EUTELSAT 172A and tap into new growth markets in South East Asia;
- a regular Ku-band payload which will double capacity at 172° East and connect five improved service areas: North Pacific, North East Asia, South East Pacific, South West Pacific and South Pacific;
- an innovative High Throughput Ku-band payload designed for in-flight broadband with multiple user spots optimised to serve densely-used Asian and trans-Pacific flight paths.
Panasonic Avionics Corporation has selected the EUTELSAT 172B satellite as its platform for trans-Pacific and Asian in-flight broadband and live TV services for commercial airlines.
EUTELSAT 172B is scheduled for launch in April 2017.