Intelsat partners with Phasor on Ku-band antenna for business aviation

tIntelsat has signed an agreement with Phasor which will see the two companies work together to co-design and produce an ultra-thin, active phased array Ku-band satellite antenna solution for civil and government small-jets.ttThe Ku-band antennas will be optimised for Intelsat’s EpicNG high throughput satellite platform, with the first satellite expected to launch in the first quarter of 2016. Intelsat says the antenna’s small size and low profile will allow for easy integration with the structure of business jets. As a result of being fully electronic, Intelsat also hopes the antenna will be able to steer to beams on Intelsat’s global Ku-band satellite fleet.ttFurthermore, Intelsat claims the unique size and scalability of the Phasor antenna will mean faster broadband connectivity (over 15Mbit/s to the aircraft and 5 Mbit/s from the aircraft) and greater geographical coverage at a much lower installation and operating cost.ttIntelsat states the new agreement addresses the fact that smaller civil and government aircraft represent an underserved segment of the fast-growing aviation broadband market.ttAccording to recent research reports, the business aviation market is expected to experience significant growth, particularly in the developing markets around the world. EuroConsult reports: “The number of business jets is expected to grow from 18,400 in 2013 to 26,200 in 2023.”ttStephen Spengler, Intelsat’s deputy CEO, says, “Today’s business and leisure travellers are demanding broadband connectivity in-flight in order to maximise their time and productivity so that they can keep up in today’s fast moving environment. Together, Intelsat and Phasor will provide service providers and aircraft manufacturers with more flexibility and choice as we help deliver high-speed broadband connectivity to passengers and aircraft operations that is efficient and highly reliable.”tt“We are very pleased to partner with Intelsat and bring to the small jet aviation marketplace a unique solution designed to meet the ever-growing demands for mobile broadband service,” said David Helfgott, CEO of Phasor. “Combined with Intelsat’s innovative EpicNG satellite constellation, these markets for the first time will experience high bandwidth services enabled by a truly revolutionary antenna solution.”

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