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Not Just Passengers: New Opportunities for In-Flight Voice and Data Connectivity 

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Although press attention has focused on services that provide in-flight WiFi or cellphone connectivity to passengers, recent demand for satellite and air-to-ground connectivity has come from a much wider range of aeronautical customers. Growing markets include government users (such as UAVs and transport aircraft), business jets and cockpit safety services. Meanwhile, passenger revenues have grown less rapidly than many forecasts, and there have been some high profile hiccups, such as Ryanair’s decision to discontinue its in-flight cellular service in March 2010. Inmarsat’s decision to move forward with its Ka-band GlobalXpress service also has the potential to shake-up the in-flight connectivity market when the I5 satellites are launched in 2014. How are providers’ business plans changing to take account of these developments? Will airlines wait for Inmarsat’s new service or will they move ahead with deployment of existing L-band and Ku-band services? Has Aircell established a dominant position in the North American connectivity market or will it too be threatened by next generation satellite services? Hear from a range of industry participants about their expectations for the future of in-flight connectivity.

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