HOW SES SHAPES THE INFLIGHT CONNECTIVITY MARKET
Connected Planes, Smart Systems
Two years ago SES entered the nascent market of inflight connectivity (IFC) and actively drove its operations to become the leader it is today. Behind every plane that is, or will be, connected by SES there is a differentiated network that was developed using five principles: collaborative processes, tailored coverage, customised service, diverse fleet options, and open architecture. These elements are the basis to the success of SES, and of its customers, as this approach has enabled efficiencies and offerings that were previously unattainable.
SES’s ability to create value by leveraging its unique combination of satellites as well as its scalable and flexible infrastructure is the reason the leading IFC operators have entrusted their businesses to SES. SES has global capacity deals with the leading IFC service providers, Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE), Gogo, Panasonic and Thales, who are supporting in some way at least 90% of all connected airplanes in service today.1 In 2016 alone SES experienced a 95% growth rate. Capacity on the SES fleet is set to grow even further in the coming years as the company focuses on supporting the inflight connectivity requirements of airline passengers around the globe, and IFC providers and airlines stretch the bounds of what’s possible.
SES built its approach off a unique foundation made of a multi-band, multi-orbit network, unmatched in the industry. SES already operates over 60 satellites in orbit, and has 15 new satellites under procurement, 11 of which are High Throughput Satellites (HTS) with 20 times the bandwidth of conventional satellites. HTS technology is vital for the IFC market to continue thriving, and SES is offering the global coverage in orbit that is needed. Today SES’s growing fleet covers nearly all of the 50,000 air travel routes 2 criss-crossing the Earth with ubiquitous bandwidth. With its MEO and GEO fleet, SES is uniquely positioned to serve the Aero market with the most efficient and reliable solutions. And by doing so, it is accelerating the delivery of a new era of unlimited inflight connectivity.