October 8, 2019

Bridging the Network Divide: The Race to Interoperability

From Satellite Mobility World

With Steve Moses, Senior Director of Vertical Market Solutions

Demand for in-flight connectivity is accelerating, creating the need for more and more bandwidth. In this environment, maximizing the availability of capacity across networks is critical. To assure that aircraft can access the maximum available satellite bandwidth, they will need to roam across networks, making network interoperability a critical requirement.

The fine out how one leading network infrastructure provider is dealing with overcoming the network divide and the demands of aeronautical connectivity, we sat down with Steve Moses, Senior Director of Vertical Market Solutions at ST Engineering iDirect.

SMW: As you engage with service providers in the aero market, what are you hearing about end-user and airline demands when it comes to connectivity?

Steve Moses: At this point, people want a seamless connectivity experience, no matter where they are – whether at home, at work or on a plane. The passenger’s expectation is the same as if they are at home or a coffee shop, despite the technological challenges in delivering that level of service to an aircraft. Delivery of such services today is complicated.

While numerous satellite networks exist, they run on varying standards, frequencies and hardware platforms, resulting in inefficient duplication of resources and a surplus of inaccessible capacity.

With passengers, pilots, crew and maintenance personnel wanting better connectivity – not only to satify customer demand, but to power new “connected aircraft” applications – accessing the maximum amount of bandwidth is critical. Continue>