November 22, 2023 – Mr. Jean-Claude Poimboeuf, Ambassador of France to Thailand, hosts an official signing ceremony between Thaicom’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Patompob (Nile) Suwansiri, and Airbus’s Head of Space Systems and President of Airbus Defense and Space, Mr. Jean-Marc Nasr, to commemorate their partnership on the building of Thaicom’s new generation software-defined high throughput satellite at 119.5 degrees East. The ceremony was held at the French Ambassador’s Residence in Bangkok, Thailand, on November 16, 2023. Thaicom has selected Airbus Space Systems to design and manufacture its new satellite, as well as offer ground control segment components. Airbus will provide one of its latest designed satellites, a fully reconfigurable OneSat which is capable of adjusting the coverage area, capacity, and frequency “on the fly”. This partnership with Airbus marks an important milestone for Thaicom as the satellite will provide ubiquitous access to broadband services both in the government and the private sector across the Asia Pacific. It will also enhance people’s lives as well as capture new space innovations in the future. Airbus plans to deliver the satellite in 2027.