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SES gets triple transponder order from Global Eagle

January 23, 2018

By Chris Forrester

Passengers on airlines travelling over North America on jets equipped with Global Eagle Entertainment’s in-flight equipment will shortly get an even better experience.

Global Eagle has tripled its Ku-band capacity on the SES-15 satellite and in particular the craft’s high-throughput beams to enable the delivery of high-speed broadband and a wide range of inflight 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 inflight connectivity around the world.

“Global Eagle is dedicated to meeting the fast-growing airline passenger demand for inflight connectivity with robust, scalable satellite bandwidth anywhere in the world,” said Joshua Marks, Global Eagle’s EVP/Connectivity. “With the addition of this significant bandwidth from SES 15, Global Eagle will have the largest satellite aviation network in North America.”

SES says that its 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.

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