Intelsat‘s future in-flight connectivity implementations are slated for an upgrade. The company announced a multi-million dollar deal with Gilat to implement the SkyEdge IV Taurus Modem in its on-board terminals.
With Taurus enhancing our in-flight capabilities, we stand ready to capture a larger share of the resurgent IFC market.– Dave Bijur, senior vice president of Commercial Aviation at Intelsat
SkyEdge IV Taurus is an ultra-high-performance modem for IFC designed to provide Wi-Fi internet and IPTV for passengers on commercial airlines, regional aircraft and business jets. Taurus is backward compatible, preserving Intelsat’s investment in the the SkyEdge II-c platform, already deployed globally.
The SkyEdge IV platform will enable Intelsat to continue to deliver high-quality IFC capabilities to its customers and an enhanced user experience, as well as to make a strategic move to embrace new technologies.
Gilat’s SkyEdge IV Elastix Access Scheme enables high availability and superior operational efficiencies using adaptive transmission technologies to support a variety of IFC solutions using Taurus modems on different types of aircraft on a single network.
“It is precisely these passenger needs that are supported by SkyEdge IV Taurus, which enables delivery of reliable, high-performance connectivity solutions to air travelers. At this time, when the global IFC market is poised to rebound, more and more travelers will be relying on Intelsat, operator of one of the world’s largest integrated IFC satellite networks,” said Amir Yafe, VP of Mobility & Global Accounts at Gilat. “We value our close partnership with Intelsat and are pleased to take part in this endeavor to expand their network with Gilat’s Taurus modems and our new SkyEdge IV platform.”
SkyEdge IV, launched earlier this month by Gilat, is a scalable, next-generation software-centric SATCOM ground system optimized for multi-orbit constellations and very high throughput satellites (VHTS).
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