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Eutelsat Communications: Taqnia Space Contracts Additional Capacity from Eutelsat to Expand in-Flight Connectivity Services


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Saudi Arabia's Taqnia Space (TSC) has signed a multi-year contract with
Eutelsat (Paris:ETL) including incremental multi-transponder wide-beam
capacity on the EUTELSAT 70B satellite as well as the fifth HTS spotbeam
on EUTELSAT 3B, on which it already operates the four others.

This incremental capacity will enable Taqnia Space to add more space
assets to its high-density bandwidth coverage over MENA and Europe, and
expand for the first time TSC in-flight connectivity services over
Central and South-East Asia. New capacities added to TSC aero platform
will be utilised as a part of global connectivity package called UON,
expected to be launched on the Saudia fleet in the fourth quarter of

Using their personal devices (laptops, tablets and smartphones), airline
passengers flying over these regions will be able to enjoy live
television, connect to broadband Internet, and benefit from cellular
voice or data services on aircraft equipped with TSC aero connectivity

Abdullah Al-Osaimi, CEO of Taqnia Space, said: "Over the last few
years, in-flight connectivity has become a must-have for passengers
looking for an ever-improving air travel experience that allows them to
carry on using their digital devices without disruption. By extending
the contract with Eutelsat on EUTELSAT 3B and adding new capacity over a
wider area through leased resources on EUTELSAT 70B, we are certain that
we can deliver a high-quality response to the exponential requirements
of the airlines we partner with and ensure continuous global
connectivity service."

Rodolphe Belmer, CEO of Eutelsat, concluded: "This agreement marks a
new milestone in our relationship with Taqnia Space. It highlights the
capacity of our satellite fleet to meet the growing needs of the largest
operators in the field of in-flight connectivity and to support the rise
of the new norm: being connected everywhere and at all times."

About Taqnia

TAQNIA SPACE (TSC) is a Saudi Company owned by Saudi PIF (Public
Investment Fund). TSC objectives include technology transfer,
commercializing technology, supporting sustainable growth of the GDP,
diversifying the economy, and creating high quality jobs. TSC vision is
to be a leader in the Middle East as satellites manufacturer, operator
and service provider targeting different market segments, Satellite
Communications and offering voice, data, & video services. The Company
also provides high value remote sensing Data and images.

About Eutelsat Communications

Founded in 1977, Eutelsat Communications is one of the world's leading
satellite operators. With a global fleet of satellites and associated
ground infrastructure, Eutelsat enables clients across Video, Data,
Government, Fixed and Mobile Broadband markets to communicate
effectively to their customers, irrespective of their location. Over
6,800 television channels operated by leading media groups are broadcast
by Eutelsat to one billion viewers equipped for DTH reception or
connected to terrestrial networks. Headquartered in Paris, with offices
and teleports around the globe, Eutelsat assembles 1,000 men and women
from 46 countries who are dedicated to delivering the highest quality of

Eutelsat Communications is listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange

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