Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. (Nasdaq: ENT) and Hughes Network Systems, LLC have agreed that Hughes will deliver satellite connectivity for GEE´s next-generation, multi-band airborne services utilizing the high-throughput Ka-band EchoStar XIX satellite, planned for launch in late 2016, the company said.
In conjunction with the deployment of Hughes´ JUPITER System aeronautical modem, capable of over 200 Mbps of throughput per aircraft, GEE´s newest addition to its aeronautical broadband connectivity services will enable passengers to realize the full spectrum of application support and performance they enjoy on the ground.
The announcement expands a successful 10-year relationship between GEE and Hughes that has a proven record of innovation and commercialization in aeronautical broadband networking technology and services.
The expanded partnership further enhances GEE´s position as a leader in the in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFE&C) market, with best-of-breed offerings in the Ku, Ku-HTS, and Ka bands.
Hughes Network Systems provides satellite broadband for home and office, delivering innovative solutions and a comprehensive suite of HughesON managed services for enterprises and governments worldwide. Headquartered outside Washington, D.C., in Germantown, Maryland, USA, Hughes operates sales and support offices worldwide, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), a premier global provider of satellite operations and digital TV solutions.
Global Eagle Entertainment is a worldwide provider of aircraft connectivity systems, operations solutions and media content to the travel industry. The company´s headquarters are located in Los Angeles, California, with offices and teams located in North America, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Oceania and South America.