Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. (NASDAQ: ENT) is aiming to provide airline passengers traveling across North America with a connected in-flight experience far more like the one passengers enjoy on the ground, tripling the amount of high throughput satellite (HTS) capacity secured with SES Networks aboard the SES-15 satellite.
SES announced today that Global Eagle has secured a major increase of Ku-band capacity on its new hybrid SES-15 HTS satellite to enable the delivery of high-speed broadband and a wide range of in-flight communications and operational applications aboard commercial airline flights throughout the US, including the increasingly important US mainland to Hawaii routes.
The multi-year agreement is the latest contract to be signed by Global Eagle. In the past several years, Global Eagle has doubled its capacity with SES Networks on an average of every eight months to meet the rising demand for high-quality in-flight connectivity around the world.
“Global Eagle is dedicated to meeting the fast-growing airline passenger demand for in-flight connectivity with robust, scalable satellite bandwidth anywhere in the world,” said Joshua Marks, Global Eagle’s Executive Vice President of Connectivity. “With the addition of this significant bandwidth from SES 15, Global Eagle will have the largest satellite aviation network in North America.”
“SES operates the largest satellite fleet in the world, delivering secure, scalable capacity that enables SES Networks and our customers serving the aviation industry to stay well ahead of the ever-changing inflight connectivity requirements and demands,” explained John Matlaga, Vice President, Sales Aero & Fixed Data, North America at SES Networks. “Global Eagle and SES have struck this latest agreement to ensure the best possible passenger experience for millions of air travelers catching flights across North America.”
SES-15, which is now operational at 129 degrees West, is designed to serve air travel routes over North America, Latin America, and the Caribbean with a flexible mix of wide beam and spot beam coverage tailored to the requirements of individual airlines.