VIDEO: Thales IFE chief touts Ka-band in-flight connectivity

Thales uses Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband aeronautical service to bring connectivity to its latest generation in-flight entertainment system and to offer mobile and Wi-Fi solutions to carriers.

But as the need for higher-bandwidth functionality grows (yes, we like our video streaming), Thales is prepared to evolve with the times, and is confident that Ka-band satellite-based in-flight connectivity is the way forward. As it so happens, Inmarsat is poised to enter the Ka-band game.

During the Farnborough air show, I spoke with Thales head of in-flight entertainment Alan Pellegrini about the company’s plan for Ka. While he doesn’t mention Inmarsat specifically, you’ll see that Thales fully expects a strong network service provider to take the stage (and frankly Inmarsat would fit the bill).

 

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