Thaicom Orders Flexible Satellite from Airbus

Thaicom has placed an order for a new software-defined satellite from Airbus, marking their first venture into flexible satellite technology. The satellite, based on the OneSat product line, will grant Thaicom the capability to customize coverage, frequency, and capacity as needed.

Airbus will take charge of the satellite’s design and manufacturing, as well as provide components for the ground control segment. The delivery of the satellite is scheduled for 2027, though the terms of the deal between Thaicom and Airbus have not been disclosed.

Positioned at 119.5 degrees East, the Ku-band satellite will expand connectivity within the Asia-Pacific region. Thaicom believes this satellite will offer partner operators the option to share payload capacity at a more affordable rate.

Thaicom also announced that Eutelsat, a partner in this satellite project, has committed to utilizing half of the satellite’s capacity. Thaicom CEO Patompob Suwansiri confirmed this partnership with Eutelsat during the World Satellite Business Week event. Previously, Thaicom had mentioned an agreement with Eutelsat to lease half the capacity on a software-defined satellite without disclosing the manufacturer at the time.

Suwansiri expressed his enthusiasm for further collaboration with Eutelsat, stating that the new satellite will provide flexibility and dynamic adaptability to service areas, enhancing Thaicom’s customer and partner confidence throughout the Asia-Pacific region. He described this order as a significant milestone that will support the growth of Thaicom’s broadband satellite business.

Airbus considers this order their ninth in the software-defined OneSat product line, with other notable customers including Intelsat, Optus, and Sky Perfect JSAT.