April 20, 2016 – SES and Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) have announced further Ku-band capacity agreements intended to help usher in the next generation connected airline passenger experience across established and developing markets around the world.
These latest agreements between GEE and SES secure multiple transponders of wide beam Ku-band coverage aboard SES’s NSS-12 and AMC-1 satellites to meet what the companies say is “fast-growing passenger and airline demand for more connectivity across India, Central Asia, the Middle East and North America”.
GEE is now tapping 12 SES satellites to put together a mix of Ku-band wide beam and upcoming Ku-band high throughput satellite (HTS) spot beam coverage to meet various levels of inflight connectivity demand along travel routes around the globe.
“GEE is in the midst of a strategic expansion of our global inflight connectivity network to meet the growing and evolving demands of airlines and their passengers for a new wave of high-speed wi-fi-based services,” said Dave Davis, CEO at GEE. “Together with SES, GEE continues to proactively add significant levels of bandwidth over established inflight connectivity markets, as well as developing regions such as Asia and the Middle East where passenger demand is accelerating the deployment of connected aircraft over new routes.”