October 28, 2015 – Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) has signed new multi-year, multi-transponder agreement with SES, a global satellite operator, to meet growing global demand for inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) services.
Over the past two quarters, GEE has secured additional SES Ku-band capacity, adding bandwidth on six SES satellites, SES-1, AMC-1, AMC-2, AMC-3, NSS-12 and ASTRA 4A, to connect airline passengers across the globe. Under the expanding relationship with GEE, SES is also providing teleport services, ground infrastructure and its expertise.
“GEE continues to expand its global inflight 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. “Together with SES, its global fleet, and its high throughput satellites (HTS) that will be launched in 2017, GEE is ushering in the next generation of inflight entertainment and connectivity that is already reshaping the passenger experience and the industry as a whole.”
As part of its growing relationship with SES, GEE will also utilise major portions of 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 fast-growing aeronautical market across Asia and the Middle East.