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Intelsat partners with SKY Perfect JSAT to expand high-throughput inflight connectivity in Asia

Intelsat, operator of the world’s largest integrated satellite and terrestrial network and leading provider of inflight connectivity (IFC), has expanded its partnership with SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation to use its next-generation JCSAT-1C high-throughput satellites (HTS) over Japan and Asia, one of the fastest-growing markets for air travel. The partnership benefits both airlines and passengers because it promotes an exceptional passenger experience with faster internet connection speeds onboard flights.

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

“JSAT continues to be an important and preferred partner of Intelsat, providing high-quality capacity in Asia,“ said Intelsat’s Vice President of Business Development- Network Partnerships Adam Troy. “We have partnered with JSAT for many years, dating back to our first joint venture satellite, Horizons-1. We know we can count on JSAT’s support to serve our customers’ needs across multiple market sectors, augmenting our global satellite network. This capacity, in particular, will allow Intelsat to continue providing best-in-class in-flight connectivity over Japan for years to come.”

“We’ve had a long-lasting partnership with Intelsat, starting with our JCSAT-5A satellite for Intelsat’s service to Japan Airlines (JAL),” said Teruo Yamashita, Group President of Global Business Group at SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation. “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.”

Intelsat was recently named Best Inflight Wi-Fi Service by Global Traveler Magazine. With an initial $2B investment, Intelsat is building the world’s first global unified software-defined network to support the next generation of global mobility. This includes a new fleet of software-defined satellites to meet airline passenger demand for streaming-quality inflight connectivity. Intelsat brings airlines the scale and flexibility they depend on to deliver outstanding passenger experiences at any point in their route or network.

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