Business

September 11, 2013

Thales, Inmarsat sign memorandum of agreement for connectivity

Thales, leader in In-flight Entertainment and Connectivity and Inmarsat, global provider of mobile satellite services, have today signed a Memorandum of Agreement to add Thales as a partner in marketing Inmarsat’s connectivity solutions to the commercial aviation market.

Inmarsat Aviation provides the ultimate in connectivity for a consistent global experience for the whole aircraft, from safety communications to high-speed broadband and live TV in the cabin.

Its wholly owned and operated satellite constellations and ground networks are designed and purpose-built for mobile assets, such as aircraft. SwiftBroadband currently delivers consistent global coverage through its constellation of four L-band satellites, including Alphasat, launched in July 2013, which is the most advanced L-band mobile communications satellite ever deployed. In 2015, when GX Aviation enters service, airlines will have access to the only global Ka-band network. GX will bring a new dawn in aircraft connectivity, providing high speed broadband connectivity for all user requirements throughout the flight.

Under the MOA, SwiftBroadband and GX Aviation are the primary and preferred satellite services for Thales?s industry-leading TopSeries IFEC system. Thales will work with Inmarsat and its Value Added Resellers to deliver the full breadth of GSM and Internet services to airlines and their passengers.

Commenting on this strategic direction, Dominique Giannoni, CEO of Thales’s In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity, said, “In today’s world, passengers are no longer prepared to remain out of communications for the duration of a whole flight and it is up to global organizations, such as Thales and Inmarsat, to ensure that airlines are able to provide customers with fast, reliable and above all, safe connectivity. In addition, this communications channel will allow access to larger amounts of content from the Thales TopSeries IFEC system and/or the passengers’ own devices. The ultimate aim of this agreement is to achieve today in the airline market, what network operators and mobile phone manufacturers achieved a decade ago by making passengers and systems connected anytime, anywhere.”

In-flight connectivity is fast becoming a very important aspect of the passenger experience and, increasingly, it is being demanded by airlines. The partnership between Thales and Inmarsat, leaders in their respective fields of equipment integration and network provision, ensures commercial aviation has the very best IFEC solution available.




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