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Intelsat links with JSAT for IFE

February 3, 2022

By Chris Forrester

Intelsat is taking capacity on Japan’s Sky Perfect JSAT-1C high-throughput satellite to boost in-flight connectivity.

Intelsat says the agreement with JSAT augments its existing capacity and allow Intelsat to provide in-flight connectivity and broadband bandwidth over Japan and the region generally.

Coverage also extends across the Northern Pacific Ocean, including beams situated well south of the traditional great-circle path between Asia and North America. These more southerly beams will provide coverage for eastbound aircraft which typically fly further south to take advantage of the stronger jet stream winds.

Launched in late 2019, the JSAT-1C satellite offers spot beam coverage across Southeast Asia, Japan, Korea, and China’s major eastern cities of Shanghai and Beijing.

“When it comes to inflight connectivity, customers and passengers today expect a top-notch, seamless experience. Our expanded partnership with SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation to augment our network provides a leading experience, exceeding airline and passenger expectations,” says Dave Bijur, SVP/commercial at Intelsat Commercial Aviation

“As air traffic continues to grow in Japan and Asia, expanding our partnership with Intelsat was a logical solution because of the company’s reputation for delivering reliable, state-of-the-art communications and its forward-looking solutions to support global mobility,” said Teruo Yamashita, group president of Global Business Group at Sky Perfect JSAT.

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