Electronics & Connectivity - September 5, 2012 - 12

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Everything’s looking up for aircraft with Internet connections
Both commercial and private aircraft are increasingly carrying antennas that link them to communications satellites or terrestrial towers that link planes to the Internet. Ground-based systems are popular now, but satellite links are widely considered to be the future for global connectivity. Many market watchers feel this trend has reached critical mass, beginning the spiral of rising volumes and falling prices that makes systems affordable enough for mainstream markets. In-Stat predicts that in-flight Wi-Fi services will generate revenues of more than $1.5 billion in 2015, when 6100 commercial planes will have Internet access. That’s more than triple the number of Wi-Fi-equipped planes last year. In the U.S., Gogo has gained solid market share with a terrestrial system that works much like a cell-phone system, communicating over a network of towers. The technology is used by both commercial and business planes. While this technology has fared well domestically, many vendors feel that satellite links are more viable in many international regions. Gogo plans to begin providing Ka-band satellite links to extend its reach outside the U.S. Though terrestrial communications can be less expensive, it may not be practical for many aircraft to carry both types of antennas, partially because the protrusions that hold the antennae cause drag. Additionally, air-to-ground (ATG) networks are Gogo has made solid market inroads with costly and time-consuming to deploy. ground-based communications towers. That may force many to pick one connection, either looking earthward or to orbiting satellites. One factor behind this decision is that it’s not practical to bounce between terrestrial communications and satellite links. “Development of integrated systems requires significant investment, which would only be supportable if there were more ATG networks globally to inspire such innovation,” said Frederick St. Amour, Sales Vice President for Row 44. “The primary limiting facHughes and Row 44 have teamed up to provide satellite tor is the lack of commercommunications that can be more easily deployed globally.
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Electronics & Connectivity - September 5, 2012

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Electronics & Connectivity - September 5, 2012
Contents
The Ups and Downs of Connectivity
Tech Report
Securing IT in the sky
Data Collection Made Easy
Ad Index
Resource Links
Upcoming from the Editors
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Electronics & Connectivity - September 5, 2012 - Securing IT in the sky
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Electronics & Connectivity - September 5, 2012 - Data Collection Made Easy
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