Virgin Atlantic starts year-long trial period for Arinc Cabin Connect in-flight solution

Virgin Atlantic will be testing Arinc’s Cabin Connect in-flight passenger connectivity solution aboard three of its A330 aircraft.

Cabin Connect leverages Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband satellite broadband to generate a wireless internet “hotspot” in the aircraft’s passenger cabin. Passengers can tap this Wi-Fi spot and use laptops, tablets, and smartphones to directly  access the Internet.

The Arinc in-flight connectivity system enables web browsing, email, and updates on news, sport, and the weather. It also delivers connecting flight and arrival information.

Arinc began installing Cabin Connect on the trio of Virgin Atlantic A330 aircraft in January 2013. The three Airbus aircraft will test the Arinc system over a year-long trial period.

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OnAir powers in-flight Internet, Wi-Fi for Libyan Airlines Airbus aircraft

When the first A330 ordered the Libyan Airlines is delivered in May 2013, it will come equipped with OnAir in-flight Internet and Wi-Fi connectivity courtesy Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband satellite broadband network.

Passengers aboard OnAir-equipped aircraft can keep in touch with family, friends, and colleagues over phone, SMS, and email during long-haul flights to and from Tripoli. They will also enjoy access to the Internet and social media.

OnAir will be installing full GSM and Wi-Fi connectivity aboard Libyan Airlines to give aircraft passengers the broadest range of choices. The only provider that offers consistent global coverage, On Air possesses more than 350 roaming agreements. Its satellite services have been approved by regulatory bodies from more than 90 countries. OnAir taps the Inmarsat SwiftBroadband satellite broadband network.

A quartet of A330-200 aircraft operated by Libyan Airlines have been line-fitted with Mobile OnAir and Internet OnAir. Two similarly-equipped A330s aircraft will be delivered in May 2013, with another two scheduled for delivery in 2014. The Airbus aircraft will ply long-haul international routes between Asia and Europe.

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OnAir line-fitting in-flight satellite solutions aboard new Qatar Airways aircraft

OnAir announced that it will be line-fitting its Mobile OnAir and Internet OnAir in-flight connectivity solutions aboard the A350 and A380 fleets operated by Qatar Airways.

For more than three years, Qatar Airway has been using OnAir’s GSM aboard its A320 fleet. Including the new Boeing 787s, more than 150 Qatar Airways aircraft will possess OnAir connectivity.

Passengers aboard OnAir-equipped Qatar Airways aircraft can choose between the GSM network or Wi-Fi to enable connectivity for calls, emailing, texting, social media, and web surfing for mobile phones, tablets, and any other Wi-Fi enabled device during flights. The OnAir solution exceedingly simple to use, and Qatar Airways uses the exact same billing system for international roaming.

Qatar Airways has placed an order for 13 Airbus A380s, including options, as well as 80 A350s. Deliveries are slated to start in 2014.

OnAir leverages the SwiftBroadband satellite broadband network operated by Inmarsat to deliver unique worldwide satellite coverage that enables consistent connectivity for Qatar Airways flights across the world. OnAir enjoys regulatory approvals with over 90 countries and possesses roaming agreements with over 350 mobile network operators.

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Philippine Airlines picks OnAir in-flight joint GSM, Wi-Fi services for fleet

OnAir recently acquired its 50th in-flight satellite broadband connectivity customer: Philippine Airlines (PAL,) the first Philippines-based airline to offer GSM and Wi-Fi Internet to its passengers.


PAL operates an extensive network in Asia Pacific, Australasia, and the United States. It is currently expanding its route network and its fleet, and has made inflight connectivity an important factor in providing state-of-the-art passenger experience.

The airline company has picked Mobile OnAir and Internet OnAir, a joint GSM and Wi-Fi service. The OnAir combined service flying will be retrofitted aboard PAL’s fleet of Airbus A330-343 and Boeing B777-300ER aircraft starting May. Philippine Airlines expects to launch its global GSM and Wi-Fi service in the middle of 2013

OnAir uses the Inmarsat SwiftBroadband satellite broadband network to enable global coverage. This allows Philippine Airlines to provide consistent connectivity on all its flights. OnAir has been approved by regulatory bodies in more than 90 countries. It also possesses roaming agreements with more than 350 mobile network operators.

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Interactive Esolutions contract O3b for satellite broadband services in Pakistan

O3b Networks will be providing a full suite of satellite broadband services to Interactive Esolutions, the biggest ICT company in Pakistan.

O3b beams will enable cellular backhaul for mobile operators, enterprise and e-government services, and trunking services to under-served regions. These services will enjoy speeds equal to terrestrial fiber network and sub 150 millisecond latency while also remaining affordable in price.

According to Shahid Mahmud, Chairman/CEO Interactive Group, the market in Pakistan possesses an immense appetite for bandwidth and data. The cutting-edge Internet from satellite technology from O3b will help the Pakistani company spur local broadband growth.

Chairman/CEO Mahmud’s observations of the promising Pakistani market were supported by his counterpart in O3b Networks, CEO Steve Collar. The O3b official asserted that working with Interactive Esolutions will allow O3b to overcome Pakistan’s mountainous terrain and ensure the availability of broadband connectivity across the country.

Yahsat CCO says YahClick satellite broadband service triumphant in Nigeria

According to CCO Shawkat Ahmed of Yahsat, the summer launch of the YahClick satellite broadband service was as much a personal triumph as it was a business success in Nigeria.


CCO Ahmed made this statement during the close rapid-fire panel session of SATELLITE 2013 in Nigeria. He credited breakthroughs in satellite technology (for example, the EpicNG open architecture platform by Intelsat, or the upcoming low-Earth orbit broadband constellation of O3b Networks) as positive disruptors of the global status quo. After bringing up the significance of the YahClick satellite Internet, he explained how the Yahsat platform could prompt providers to change the ways they rolled out their Internet by satellite services.

In his statement, CCO Ahmed believed that the affordable and instant connectivity of the YahClick satellite broadband product spread broadband connectivity throughout Nigeria cheaper and faster than expanding existing fixed or wireless Internet solutions. Yahsat believed Nigeria held huge potential for further socio-economic growth powered by consumers in business, education, government, NGO, and personal home user sectors.

YahClick serves as a business unit of Yahsat. The Internet on satellite product has been launched in half a dozen countries.

Ahmed admitted that at least 20 markets in Africa, the Middle East, and Central and South West Asia would not be able to reach YahClick’s enthusiastic expectations for their service rollouts. But he also pointed out the exceptional performance achieved in certain markets (such as Nigeria) that saw monthly take-up rates double.

The SATELLITE 2013 conference, said CCO Ahmed, clearly cemented the status of high-throughput satellite service in leading the industry when it comes to innovation. He described Ka-band and other high-throughput offerings to be state-of-the-art resources that constantly and rapidly evolved and improved.

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Sana taps Avanti satellite to deliver Ka-band Internet on satellite in Libya

Libyan businesses and government organizations will be able to access critical Ka-band satellite broadband services through local satellite provider Sana, which will leverage capacity on the Hylas 2 satellite operated by Avanti Communications.

According to a statement by Aimen Sabkha, spokesman for Sana, satellite broadband will help Libya rejoin the international community. Sabkha explained that the Company optimizes its satellite services using flexible Ka-band technology from Avanti.

Sana creates fast, reliable, and secure satellite communications networks for large enterprises and domestic consumers alike. Its satcom services can support Libya’s economic growth by linking consumers together and improving the efficiency of businesses.

Libya is saddled with one of the lowest rates in North Africa and the Middle East. A mere 5.5 percent of the population can access the Internet, and the available speeds are the slowest in the region.

However, Sana predicts that the consumer, oil and gas, and government sectors will spur a growth in demand for Internet, television, radio, and other applications in Libya. And when that surge takes place, the Company will be ready to offer its high-speed Internet on satellite services.

In addition, Sana is anticipating a demand for backhaul support services once Libya has improved its fiber infrastructure.