Posted on: 05 April 2011 by Ross McSweeny
Thales has revealed that the company is working closely with the Airbus A350 programme team to offer the TopConnect Ka-Band solution on the A350 XWB aircraft.Thales’s Ka-Band solution builds on the company’s commitment to global and commercially viable aircraft communications. Thales claims that its Ka-Band communications will enable worldwide broadband connectivity at an affordable and consistent price point including the potential for IP based media broadcast. As part of the TopConnect suite of connectivity solutions, Thales has stated that this Ka-Band initiative is a priority with high demand expectations from 2014 and beyond.“Building on Thales’s long successful history with satellite communications in other markets, we see our ability to make inroads with Ka-Band equally as strong,” commented Alan Pellegrini, Managing Director for Thales In-flight Entertainment activities.“Based on the commitments from the satellite operators and our service partners, we know that Ka-Band offers the airline community answers to the fundamental challenges of coverage, bandwidth and cost that have long prevented the deployment of successful and sustainable in-flight connectivity services. Ka-Band will be a game-changer and is part of the Thales growth strategy in cloud based applications and technology development,” Mr Pellegrini added.