Gilat Satellite Networks has announced a strategic partnership with Air Esurfing, a fully-owned subsidiary of Air Media Group, to transform the domestic inflight connectivity (IFC) market in China.
The partners intend to use China’s Ka-band HTS capacity for domestic IFC services.
Gilat and Air Esurfing will join forces to deliver broadband connectivity to airlines throughout China.
Gilat says it will leverage its multi-service HTS platform that will operate with ChinaSatcom’s Ka-band capacity planned to be launched in 2017.
Its solution will enable continuous service exceeding 100Mbps and service many dozens of passengers per aircraft and it will provide a complete IFC terminal including its ER6000-A KuKa antenna terminal and its Taurus Modman.
The partners says they will jointly pursue STC certification for the system with commercial pilots already planned for early 2018.
Zhou Hong, General Manager Air Esurfing, said: “We have chosen to collaborate with Gilat due to its proven presence in China and its technological leadership in Mobility baseband as well as Aero antenna terminals for IFC.
“We see in Gilat the perfect partner to open the door for IFC in the domestic Chinese market and are excited about the joint opportunity.”
Jun Xiang, Gilat China General Manager, added: “We are honoured to have been selected by Air Esurfing, a key player in the domestic Chinese IFEC market, to jointly deliver on the promise of high-quality connectivity for airline passengers throughout China.
“China is a strategic market for Gilat and as such we have taken a key role in the development of HTS broadband over the last two years, with deployment of our multi-service platform to address both fixed and mobility applications.
“We are committed to the Chinese market and in particular to the Chinese IFEC market, and continue to seek additional Chinese as well as international players to partner in this mission, and are in discussion with several such players.”
Located in Beijing, Air Esurfing (ARE) is a wholly- owned subsidiary of Air Media Group, dedicated to provide in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) services to airlines.