Hughes to provide capacity for FlytLIVE inflight service

Wednesday 8 March 2017 | 11:02 CET | News

Satellite operator EchoStar Hughes has announced a contract with Thales and SES to provide bandwidth for FlytLIVE, the new inflight connectivity service over the Americas and Atlantic Ocean region. Under the terms of the deal, SES will contract capacity on Hughes’ EchoStar XVII and EchoStar XIX high throughput Ka-band satellites to complement its AMC-15 and AMC-16 network. SES will also purchase multiple Jupiter System gateways from Hughes to qualify Thales to deploy its FlytLIVE service on the Hughes Jupiter Aeronautical platform. This will allow Thales to initiate its next-generation connected inflight experience offering in North America this year.

Hughes added that the system being deployed is forward compatible with the SES-17 Ka-band HTS satellite, which is optimised for aviation connectivity and is expected to launch in 2020. The FlytLIVE service will offer full broadband connectivity, including video streaming, games, social media and live television to passengers traveling over North America, South America, the Caribbean, Mexico, and the Atlantic Ocean. 

Hughes Network Systems said the Jupiter Aero System for inflight connectivity will ship in the second half of 2017. Operating on both Ka and Ku-band frequencies and supporting the DVB-S2X air interface, it's capable of supporting speeds in excess of 400 Mbps. 

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