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GEE Doubles Down on Satellite Capacity to Meet Skyrocketing IFEC Demand

By Juliet Van Wagenen | October 28, 2015
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SES-15 satellite, on which GEE has contracted capacity to grow its IFEC services
SES-15 satellite, on which GEE has contracted capacity to grow its IFEC services. Photo: SES Airport

[Avionics Today 10-28-2015] Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) has signed new multi-year, multi-transponder agreements, with SES doubling its satellite capacity, to meet growing global demand for In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFEC) services.

Over the past two quarters, GEE has secured additional SES Ku-band capacity, adding bandwidth on six SES satellites to globally connect airline passengers. SES is also providing teleport services and ground infrastructure. GEE will also use major portions of High Throughput Satellite (HTS) capacity aboard the SES 12, SES 14 and SES 15 satellites, which are currently under construction and scheduled for launch in 2017. SES 14 and SES 15 offer complementary coverage over busy air travel routes across the Americas and North Atlantic regions, Western Europe, the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico, while SES 12 will serve the aeronautical market across Asia and the Middle East.

“GEE continues to expand its global in-flight connectivity network with SES capacity to meet the exciting and rapidly expanding needs of airlines and their passengers around the world,” said Dave Davis, CEO of GEE.

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