Hughes Network Systems and OneWeb have announced a partnership to provide low Earth orbit (LEO) in-flight connectivity (IFC) services for airlines. The collaboration aims to deliver fast, low-latency, and reliable passenger Wi-Fi services, enhancing the in-flight experience for travelers worldwide.
Hughes & OneWeb Join for IFC Solutions
Hughes will become a worldwide distributor for OneWeb, launching new LEO IFC solutions powered by its electronically steered antenna (ESA). The agreement aims to bring OneWeb’s benefits, including global reach, low latency, high speeds, and enterprise-grade service, to airlines and selected partners to meet growing passenger demand for in-flight Wi-Fi.
Advantages of OneWeb System for Airlines
The new Hughes LEO In-Flight solutions include a LEO-only offering and an industry-first hybrid solution that employs Hughes Fusion™ technologies. This innovative hybrid solution transforms any Geostationary orbit (GEO) aero service into a fast, low-latency onboard Wi-Fi experience. Both options are powered by Hughes’ lightweight, low power, and low-profile LEO antenna.
Innovating In-Flight Wi-Fi Experience
OneWeb’s Ben Griffin praises the partnership with Hughes, stating that a variety of technologies and collaborations are the best way to provide airlines and passengers with faster, more consistent, and truly global broadband service. The agreement between the two companies adds to their existing relationship, as Hughes engineered both the gateways for the OneWeb ground network and the core module used in every terminal in the system to power LEO connectivity.
In conclusion, the partnership between Hughes Network Systems and OneWeb aims to elevate the in-flight Wi-Fi experience for passengers worldwide. By leveraging their combined expertise and technologies, they’re offering airlines access to fast, low-latency, and reliable LEO IFC solutions that can meet the growing demand for seamless connectivity during air travel.