SES issues inflight connectivity white paper

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner.Satellite operator SES has issued a new white paper entitled “The Big Beam Boom: Capture new revenue streams in aeronautical communications”.

The paper says although we are becoming more accustomed to higher levels of data connectivity, a huge area remains drastically under connected – the airspace and the oceans.

It adds: “Criss-crossed and cruised by thousands of aircraft every day, these unconnected areas have remained largely uncharted territory for high quality video and data communications until now.”

It goes on to say that the aeronautical satellite communication market is set to grow from 47,500 units in 2014 to 95,500 in-service units by 2024.

This should help generate $3.2bn worth of retail revenue.

This boom is fuelling extra satellites and innovations like HTS (high throughput satellite) spot beam Ku-band services, plus Ka-band satellites from ViaSat and Inmarsat.

It also says companies like Gogo, Panasonic, Global Eagle Entertainment, SITA OnAir and others are busy jostling for business, adding that everyone wants more, cheaper, faster data.

Read the SES white paper on inflight connectivity.

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