Eutelsat on satellite in-flight connectivity: Full of potential, but delivery is still bad

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Satellite fleet operator Eutelsat said the in-flight-connectivity market is still not delivering satisfactory service to commercial airlines and is ripe for new entrants that can do better.

Eutelsat provides bandwidth on seven satellites, including the Ka-Sat Ka-band broadband spacecraft, for in-flight connectivity sold not directly to airlines, but through service providers such. One big customer for capacity over Asia is Panasonic Avionics.

Industry officials are unanimous in foreseeing rapid growth in take-up rates among commercial airlines. Viasat Inc., which markets its own . . .

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