APEX 2013: Row 44 and Hughes announce new satellite coverage areas

Row 44, a subsidiary of Global Eagle Entertainment, and Hughes Network Systems have announced that satellite coverage to connect airline passengers on Row 44 WiFi-equipped flights has expanded further.

Coverage has now been extended across Europe, within Russia and for the first-time, connects North America and Europe with North Atlantic coverage. Row 44 and Hughes have entered into three large, multi-year contracts, which include the provision of a space segment, Network Operations Center (NOC) operations, maintenance and other ancillary services.

The agreement includes significant capacity increases to Row 44’s leased bandwidth, which now supports customers on four continents. Row 44 also announced that it has completed its first installation aboard an Icelandair 757, with more installations to continue through the remaining third and fourth quarters of 2013.

Installations of the Row 44 connectivity platform now exceed 500 aircraft on four continents.

John LaValle, Chief Executive Officer of Global Eagle Entertainment, said: “Our partnership with Hughes is a tremendous asset for us, as it has afforded us the ability to offer our customers a connection to the world’s most advanced and expertly operated satellite network.

“Through Hughes, we continue to be well-positioned for global growth with our industry-leading technology and our integrated content and connectivity platform.”

Recent additions beyond the expansion of the US domestic capacity to the Row 44 fleet include leasing transponders on IS905 for Europe and Yamal 300k for Russia, which are both active today, and on two beams of SES 6 for the North Atlantic, which are scheduled to activate in October.

Steve Nichols, Inflight / Inflight-Online.com
Anaheim, CA, USA

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