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Gilat, Air Esurfing Partner to Bring IFC to China’s Domestic Airlines

By Juliet Van Wagenen | January 17, 2017
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[Via Satellite 01-17-2017] With the aim to transform the domestic In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) market in China, Gilat Satellite Networks has announced a strategic partnership with Air Esurfing, a fully owned subsidiary of Air Media Group. The companies intend to use China’s Ka-band High-Throughput Satellite (HTS) capacity for domestic IFC services over mainland China.

Gilat and Air Esurfing will jointly deliver broadband connectivity to airlines throughout China. Gilat will use its multi-service HTS platform, which will operate with ChinaSatcom’s Ka-band capacity planned to launch in 2017. Gilat’s solution promises speeds of 100 Mbps to “many dozens” of passengers per aircraft, according to a Jan. 17 statement released by the company. Gilat will provide a complete IFC terminal including its ER6000-A Ku/Ka antenna terminal and its Taurus Modman. The companies will jointly pursue Standard Type Certificate (STC) certification for the Gilat system with commercial trials planned for early 2018.