STECCOM to provide enhanced IFC over Europe and CIS region

Passengers and crew flying across the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region and Europe are to benefit from improved in-flight connectivity following an agreement between Sputnik Telecommunications Entertainment Company (STECCOM) and SES.

Under the agreement, STECCOM, Russia’s major satellite communications operator and developer of VSAT-based communication systems, will leverage a high-capacity, global managed services platform built on an open architecture. SES Networks global mobility solution will enable the service provider to customise and efficiently distribute bandwidth, adapting their offerings according to the needs of commercial passenger aircraft and business jets operating on their network. Additionally, STECCOM’s customers will benefit from high-speed, high-throughput connectivity.

SES Networks and STECCOM will also use each other’s ground facilities, opening up opportunities for enhanced connectivity across Europe, Russia and Central Asia.

“With this agreement STECCOM is positioning itself to extend its aeronautical network throughout Europe and is able to create opportunities for future reach beyond this geographical area,” said Oleg Kuts, CEO at STECCOM. “Our partnership with SES Networks gives us access to a multi-band, multi-orbit aero platform, which allows us to offer differentiated solutions.”

Elias Zaccack, executive vice president, global sales, at SES Networks commented, “SES Networks is delighted to be supporting STECCOM in its ambition to reliably deliver the highest quality of connectivity and elevate the travel experience for air passengers in Russia and adjoining markets, and to help airlines in the region expand their number of connected aircraft.”

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