The IFC agreement between Intelsat and India's Nelco aims to provide end-to-end broadband coverage on domestic and international airliners flying to or from Indian airports, as well as aircraft flying over the country.
Satellite connectivity provider Satcom Direct announced the first planned installation of its Plane Simple Ku-band antenna system on a first special mission aircraft, an Embraer EMB-110 Bandeirante operated by airborne data capture company Fototerra of Brazil.
OneWeb, in partnership with the European Space Agency and UK Space Agency, says it demonstrated a 5G link between low Earth orbit satellites, a geostationary satellite and a mobile ground terminal on June 28.
Wireless companies have agreed to keep in place some limitations of their 5G network deployments for a further year to give airlines more time to replace or protect radio altimeters from potential interference, the FAA announced June 17.
The inflight connectivity (IFC) industry’s greatest challenge is facing “insatiable demand” for capacity and currently limited ability to grow, one of the sector’s leaders said at AIX in Hamburg June 14.