Eutelsat, ViaSat, joined by Panasonic, ask EU regulators to block Inmarsat’s aviation play

by Peter B. de Selding

TEL AVIV — Eutelsat and ViaSat are asking a European court to block Inmarsat’s planned aeronautical-connectivity service, saying Inmarsat is violating the terms of its license by passing off a terrestrial network as a satellite system.

The legal action comes on the eve of the launch of Inmarsat’s European Aeronautical Network (EAN) satellite payload, which is sharing a Thales Alenia Space-built satellite platform with Arabsat’s Hellas Sat satellite. The launch is scheduled for June 28.

Inmarsat’s ground network partner, Deutsche Telekom, has begun deploying . . .

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