Posted on: 23 March 2010 by Mark Howells
Row 44 is to install TECOM Industries’ KuStream 1000 antenna system on Southwest Airlines’ commercial fleet as the airline equips more than 500 aircraft with Row 44’s Inflight Broadband Connectivity System.
The KuStream 1000 antenna system enables the Row 44 system to provide passengers with live entertainment and communication, including high data rate applications such as full Internet access, VoIP services, cell phone roaming (via picocells in markets with appropriate regulation) and live television using IPTV.
The KuStream 1000 is a joint development between TECOM Industries and QEST Quantenelektronische Systeme of Germany. QEST contributed core RF components such as the antenna aperture and the polarisation control module, with TECOM contributing systems engineering, antenna positioning and control subsystems, product qualification, certification and after-sales support.
Arsen Melconian, president of TECOM, remarked, “This selection by Row 44 validates our technical approach and is an acknowledgement of the hard work accomplished by the development team, our partner QEST, and all the major vendors.”