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Monday, March 21, 2016

GEE, Hughes Contract Aims to Boost IFC Performance

Juliet Van Wagenen

Hughes’ EchoStar 19 satellite for which GEE has contracted for capacity to boost aviation connectivity performance
Hughes’ EchoStar 19 satellite for which GEE has contracted for capacity to boost aviation connectivity performance. Photo: Hughes

[Avionics Today 03-21-2016] Broadband satellite services provider Hughes Network Systems has struck an agreement to deliver satellite connectivity for Global Eagle Entertainment's (GEE) next-generation, multi-band airborne services using the high-throughput Ka-band EchoStar 19 satellite. Echostar 19 is planned for launch late this year and aims to meet the demand for higher performance In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) over North America.

In conjunction with the deployment of Hughes' Jupiter System aeronautical modem, capable of more than 200 Mbps of throughput per aircraft, Echostar 19 looks to enable passengers to realize the full spectrum of application support and performance they enjoy on the ground.

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