Posted on: 20 May 2015 by Ross McSweeny
ViaSat has been selected by Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation (Gulfstream) as an equipment supplier for its ViaSat Yonder Ku-band in-flight connectivity (IFC) solution on the company’s large cabin business jets, becoming the first and only Ku-band supplier for the OEM.
“Gulfstream is recognised as providing an exceptional in-flight passenger experience, which includes ensuring best-in-class internet service provided by ViaSat,” stated Ken Peterman, ViaSat’s SVP and general manager. “We have the ability today to offer the fastest business jet in-cabin internet service with Yonder, and the foresight to meet tomorrow's bandwidth demand with our Exede In The Air [Ka-band] service to ensure Gulfstream business jet passengers can stay connected no matter where they fly.”
As part of the agreement, ViaSat will now provide the ViaSat Mobile Terminal 1500 – which includes a Ku-band antenna, modem and antenna control unit – directly on an extended line of Gulfstream aircraft to enable the Yonder service. However, service also remains available through ViaSat's service providers.
This development builds on a previous third-party relationship, whereby ViaSat has provided global Ku-band IFC hardware to Gulfstream and its customers for nearly a decade.