Satellite operators Eutelsat and Intelsat have signed a multi-orbit agreement to collaborate on the provision of connectivity capacity over Europe, the Middle East, and the Pacific. The deal includes access to OneWeb low earth orbit (LEO) services, with Eutelsat currently a major OneWeb shareholder and in the process of trying to complete a merger of the two companies.
The new seven-year capacity agreement will also leverage Eutelsat’s High-throughput satellites (HTS) in the Ku-band, including the recently launched EUTELSAT 10B satellite.
As a result, customers will be able to access connectivity services combining the GEO and LEO assets of the three entities – Eutelsat’s and Intelsat’s geostationary orbit (GEO) fleets coupled with OneWeb’s LEO network.
“Eutelsat and OneWeb are proud to collaborate to provide Intelsat with the best connectivity solutions,” Eutelsat and OneWeb said, in a statement.
“This truly hybrid approach paves the way for thorough connectivity solutions for all stakeholders, be it in the air, at sea, or on the ground. In all, it will deliver customers the best of both worlds in an integrated seamless approach.”