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Gilat’s Tarus Modem Powers China’s Qingdao Airlines IFEC

By | July 7, 2020

Qingdao aircraft. Photo: Gilat

Gilat Satellite Networks new aero modem, Taurus, was selected to support In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFEC) services for China’s Qingdao Airlines, Gilat announced Tuesday. The service is provided by China Satcom over CS-16 Ka-band High-Throughput Satellite (HTS) together with its service partner China TDT LINK. The whole Ka-band IFEC system was integrated by FTS, a Chinese system integrator.

The Qingdao Airlines’ A320 aircraft has started to provide the Ka-band satcom-based IFEC commercial service, after a successful flight from Qingdao to Chengdu on July 7 with its IFEC system formally open to the passengers for the first time. As of Tuesday, there are more than 3,500 commercial aircraft operating in China and this aircraft is the first one retrofitted with a Ka-band IFEC system.

“Gilat is proud to have been selected by our long-term partners China Satcom and FTS, and most pleased with the joint effort of integrating our proven IFC modem, Taurus, to enable opening of the Chinese skies for broadband connectivity,” said Yuan Si, China country manager for Gilat. “Gilat views China as a strategic focus area, and this success marks yet another important landmark in Gilat’s vision of enabling plentiful quality affordable broadband connectivity everywhere. We look forward to continued collaboration with our strategic partners, to jointly reap the benefits of this multi-million-dollar China IFC market.”