Panasonic extends HTS Ku-band deal with Telesat


February 16, 2016 – Panasonic has signed another multi-year contract for satellite capacity with Telesat, a global satellite operator.

Under the terms of the 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 satellite, which became fully operational at 15 degrees West in December 2015. Panasonic will also be using the HTS capacity of the satellite to expand its mobile broadband offerings to growing maritime markets in the Mediterranean and European waterways, as well as to oil and gas operators in the North Sea. 

“Telesat is highly respected for their ability to design innovative satellites,” said David Bruner, VP of 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 optimizes 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.” 

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