23rd July 20 @ 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM Navigate

The world’s networks of commercial airline routes are evolving.

No longer will they be just a mode of transport between domestic or international physical/geographical hubs, but they will be social networks in the sky – connecting the passenger to the home, to the office, to the circle of friends, to the YouTube ecosphere, etc. This conference looks at the technologies that exist to support this connection revolution including fixed satellite systems (FSS: Ku-band, Ka-band) and mobile satellite systems (MSS: L-band) and air-to-ground (ATG) networks. 

Demand for delivery of content to multiple devices per passenger exists the world over and most passengers are willing to pay for it. Use of personal devices – to stream video, access apps, browse the web, email, play games, video conference, and engage in social media – will progressively and completely replace long- and medium-haul on-board, server-based, inflight entertainment systems and introduce a common passenger experience for passengers of short-haul/low cost carriers.

According to the Paris-based Euroconsult consultancy report Prospects for In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity (May 2017), over 17,000 commercial aircraft will offer broadband IFC to passengers by 2021, and the US-based consultancy NSR, in their report Aeronautical Satcom Markets report (5th edition, May 2017), forecasts IFC to be installed on 1 out of 3 commercial passenger aircraft by the end of 2019, and 2 out of every 3 by the end of 2026. Specifically, according to the NSR report, over 50 per cent of the addressable commercial passenger aircraft market will have IFC served by FSS and/or High Throughput Satellites (HTS) by 2021.

Additions to the numbers of, and further improvements in the capabilities of, HTS operating in the Ku- and Ka-bands, according to Euroconsult, will result in the amount of bandwidth capacity dedicated to IFC reaching 21Gbps by the end of 2018, and increasing to almost 300Gbps by the close of 2026.

Indeed, some of the industry’s leading IFC solutions providers have started to deploy networks offering up to hundreds of Gbps. Such developments will contribute to enabling commercial airlines to meet the requirements of their customer base for a connectivity experience to at least match that of their Wi-Fi or 4G experience on the ground.

Airlines will be forced to accelerate the rate at which they install IFC equipment to their fleets and they themselves will experience a market featuring an increasing number of solutions providers.  

IFC service-provider revenue growth through to 2026 is forecast, by Euroconsult, at 21 per cent (CAGR), and NSR forecasts that the installed IFC base will generate revenues of over US$32 billion over the 2017-2026 period.

Programme Highlights

Panel Session 1: Technologies

* Satellite Communications: Ku-band, Ka-band, L-band in the Mix

* In-Orbit Platforms: Geosynchronous, Medium Earth & Low Earth: The Hybrid Approach

* Next Generation Air-to-Ground (ATG) Networks

* The Integration of Space-Based and Ground-Based Networks

* Connections & Installations: Break down by Technology

* Inflight Hardware – Current & Future Market Scale

* Technology Trends

* New Players in the Technology & Service Market Dynamic


Anthony Spouncer, Senior Director Global Operational Services, Inmarsat

Mark ter Hove, Director Air Transport Satcom, Cobham Aerospace Communications

Gez Draycott, Vice President Market Solutions Engineering, SES Networks

Andy Lucas, Senior Vice President Operator Vertical, Comtech EF Data

Steve Moses, Senior Director Vertical Market Solutions Product Management, iDirect

Mario Mancini, Assistant Vice President Southern Europe, Hughes


Panel Session 2: Aeronautical Applications & Passenger Services

* The Cloud & Big Data from Gate-to-Gate

* The Airline Application Environment

* The Passenger Online Environment

* The Airline Carrier Operational Data Environment

* Satellite Operators’ IFC Market Servicing Strategies


David Garrood, Senior Vice President Business Development, PHASOR Inc

John Finney, Founder, Isotropic Systems

Anver Anderson, President, Anver Ltd

Richard Skaife, Managing Director, Cann Research Ltd

Andrew Sikorski, Policy Analyst, Access Partnership

Panel Session 3: Terminal Equipment & In-Cabin Interface

* Connectivity Solutions Architecture, Design & Engineering Strategies

* Satellite Terminal Design & Airframe Compatibilities: Towards the Conformal Antenna

* Satellite Terminal Capabilities for the Passenger & Carrier Requirement

* Satellite Terminal Evolution & Future Proofing

* Future Hardware Evolution: Antennas, Wireless Access Points, Servers and Routers

Andy Lucas, Senior Vice President Operator Vertical, Comtech EF Data

Alex Cowan, Chief Executive Officer, Razorsecure

Mohammad Choudhary, Chief Executive Officer, Patron

Shahida Barick, Head of Spacecraft Operations, Effective Space

Panel Session 4: Customer Expectations, Provider Capabilities & Airline Business Models

* The Passenger, the Airline, and the Connectivity Solution Provider

* Deployment & Installation Planning: The Aircraft Manufacturer & the Airline Carrier

* Broadband Bandwidth: Reconciling Supply & Demand Realities

* Passenger Choice Drivers & Airline Carrier Offerings

* Future Proofing the Connectivity: Upgrades & Speed

* One Passenger, One Seat, but Multiple Device Connectivity

* Aircraft Connectivity – Regional Variations, Aircraft Type Variations

* Low-Cost Carriers & IFC

* IFC – Cost-Centre or Revenue Generator?

* Airlines, Connectivity Service Providers, Satellite Operators – The Market Share

* Drivers & Inhibitors of IFC Market Growth

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