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RIYADH: Airlines can now look forward to uninterrupted connectivity services through the aviation industry’s first global, open-architecture, multi-orbit network operated by regional partners such as Neo Space Group – a subsidiary of the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia.

Luxembourg-based satellite telecommunications company SES has announced a collaboration with several regional operators to launch its in-flight network, promising airlines seamless global connectivity.

According to a press release, this Ka-band platform will bring together the satellite networks of SES (Neo Space Group), AeroSat Link (a subsidiary of China Satcom) and Hughes Communications India in geostationary and medium Earth orbits.

The aim of the SES Open Orbits initiative is to integrate regional satellite coverage into a global on-board connectivity service that provides passengers with uninterrupted connectivity.

This technology is designed to connect global and regional satellites to provide consistent onboard Internet access and enhance the experience with high-quality video, data and communications services comparable to ground-based offerings.

Elias Zaccack, Global Head of Aviation at SES, highlighted the transformative potential of SES Open Orbits, saying: “By developing SES Open Orbits based on an open architecture supporting multiple orbits and waveforms, SES is enabling more satellite operators and in-flight service providers to participate in the global in-flight connectivity market.”

Philippe Carette, Head of Aerospace Segment at PIF, expressed his enthusiasm for NSG’s commitment, saying: “NSG is delighted to be among the first global partners to join the SES Open Orbits inflight connectivity network.”

NSG was founded in May to invest in local and international assets and capabilities, as well as promising venture capital opportunities, to catalyze the advancement and localization of industry-specific expertise.

The company will contribute to the development and delivery of cutting-edge technologies in the space industry through its four dedicated business units – satellite communications, earth observation and remote sensing, satellite navigation and the Internet of Things – as well as a venture capital fund specialising in satellites and space.

Yufei Shen, Vice President of China Satcom, emphasized the importance of the partnership with SES for the Asia-Pacific region: “Connecting flights over, within and outside China and throughout the Asia-Pacific region are extremely important for most major airlines worldwide. China Satcom is very pleased to partner with SES, which will contribute to a whole new level of in-flight connectivity by leveraging our Ka-band network.”

Shivaji Chatterjee, CEO, President and Managing Director of HCI, added: “We will also bring our extensive experience in providing end-to-end connectivity services across multiple industries to our partnership with SES to deliver the best possible passenger experience to airlines using this exciting, unique in-flight connectivity network.”

As a managed service provider of Airbus’ HBCplus program, SES Open Orbits will also be accessible to participating airlines. In addition, SES is working with Safran Passenger Innovations to offer SES Open Orbits via the Boeing TSA process on Boeing aircraft.

This collaboration represents a significant advancement in the onboard process and aims to improve the passenger experience by providing reliable, high-quality connectivity worldwide.

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