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ABS wins Global Eagle IFE deal

May 11, 2021

By Chris Forrester

In-Flight Connectivity and entertainment supplier Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) has signed a capacity agreement with satellite operator ABS.

ABS is officially headquartered in Bermuda but operates from Hong Kong. The company is owned by private equity firm Permira.

Global Eagle has taken extra capacity on ABS-6 C-band, ABS-3A C-band and ABS-2 in Ku-band beams. GEE has also expanded its services on ABS-2.

Combined, ABS says the extra capacity provides GEE comprehensive coverage across continents and oceans, from the Americas, across to Western Europe, the Middle East, North East Asia and into the Pacific Ocean. The capacity will be optimized to provide reliable connectivity and seamless connections for mobile communications and entertainment for a wide variety of mobility customers and their end-users. The connectivity network supports the provision of services such as Wi-Fi, VoIP, multi-media live and on-demand video streaming, and greater bandwidth for crew applications.

“Our emergence from Chapter 11 and subsequent restructuring has improved our ability to deliver great user experiences to our wide range of maritime and aviation customers and their passengers,” said Mike Pigott, EVP/Connectivity Operations at Global Eagle. “This agreement showcases our ability to meet our customers’ needs today while helping them prepare for the future and we are thrilled to be able to continue to partner with ABS.”

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