Commercial, Connectivity, Embedded Avionics

Global Eagle and SES to Provide Global Ku-Band Satellite IFC

By Juliet Van Wagenen | October 30, 2014
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Global Eagle and SES team up to provide IFE and IFC
Global Eagle and SES team up to provide IFE and IFC. Photo: Aireon

[Avionics Today 10-30-2014] Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) and SES have partnered to deliver global Ku-Band satellite In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) services to airlines. Under this long-term agreement, SES satellites will provide GEE with Ku-band capacity to support their worldwide mobile connectivity solution on a combination of SES satellites, along with select teleport services. The agreement includes access to the existing SES network as well as to upcoming High Throughput Satellite (HTS) spot beam-based systems, providing significant increases in bandwidth speeds.

“The demand for in-flight connectivity has never been greater, particularly with airlines looking to serve passengers and drive ancillary revenue. As we continue to expand internationally, SES’s broad coverage area, technology capabilities, and sales and service commitments provide us with a solution that meets our airline customers’ short and long-haul needs and the passengers’ desire to always be connected,” explained Aditya Chatterjee, chief technology officer at GEE.

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