Thales and SES to launch new high speed on-board connectivity

Eleanor Steed
By Eleanor Steed September 13, 2016 13:14

Thales and SES to launch new high speed on-board connectivity

Thales and satellite operator SES, are set to offer airlines and their passengers FlytLIVE, dubbed the most efficient inflight connectivity experience over the Americas. FlytLIVE by Thales will start operating mid 2017 using in-orbit satellites.

To meet the needs of a growing market, SES will procure a new satellite specifically designed for the needs of FlytLIVE and manufactured by Thales Alenia Space to be launched in 2020. The satellite’s architecture is based on Thales Alenia Space’s all-electric version of the Spacebus NEO platform, the highest performing satellite in the global connectivity market.

“Thales works together with its customers to help drive digital transformation across a broad range of sectors; whether it be aviation, ground transportation, aerospace, defence or security,” said Patrice Caine, Chairman and CEO, Thales Group. “Through this partnership with SES, and by leveraging Thales Alenia Space’s expertise, we are developing a satellite uniquely optimized for the fast moving aviation and mobility market. This will enable us to offer airline customers, a simple and seamless connectivity solution with unmatched performance.”

With FlytLIVE, passengers will enjoy full Internet services including video streaming, games, social media and live television in the air.

Airlines will take advantage of Thales’s full end-to-end solutions including products such as the modular antenna and multi-frequency radome, in-cabin Wi-Fi and portal platform. The offering also provides bandwidth and session management, content delivery, operational support tools, line maintenance and turnkey service and support with high Service Level Agreements.

FlytLIVE services will use the SES connectivity network of Ka-band High-Throughput Satellite (HTS) services optimized for airlines who want the best connection speeds for their customers.

Eleanor Steed
By Eleanor Steed September 13, 2016 13:14