Hughes Network Systems and low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellite communications company OneWeb have announced a distribution partnership agreement to provide LEO connectivity services to the global airline market.
Hughes is launching the new LEO in-flight connectivity solutions as a worldwide OneWeb distributor, powered by the company’s electronically steered antenna (ESA), for airlines to deliver fast, low-latency and reliable passenger Wi-Fi.
Reza Rasoulian, Vice President of Hughes, said: “This latest agreement enables Hughes to bring the advantages of the OneWeb system – global reach, low latency, high speeds and enterprise-grade service – to airlines and select partners so they can meet the growing passenger demand for in-flight Wi-Fi.
“Combining OneWeb service with our high-performance antenna and our expertise delivering managed services at scale, we’re able to offer passengers worldwide an in-flight Wi-Fi experience that’s as fast and responsive as they can get at home or in the office.”
According to Hughes, the new Hughes LEO In-Flight solutions include a LEO-only offering and an industry-first, patent-pending, hybrid solution that leverages Hughes Fusion technologies to transform any Geostationary orbit (GEO) aero service into a fast, low latency onboard Wi-Fi experience.
Ben Griffin, Vice President Mobility at OneWeb, said: “The best way to provide airlines and passengers with faster, more consistent and truly global broadband service is with a variety of technologies and partnerships. Hughes is a trusted, strategic partner of OneWeb, and we’re delighted to extend this partnership to include our aviation services. This agreement reinforces our industry-led approach which is resonating so well with airlines globally.”