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SES Launches SES Open Orbits™ Inflight Connectivity Network

Airlines will be able to enjoy seamless connectivity services in the aero industry’s first open architecture, multi-orbit global network enabled by regional connectivity service partners

Luxembourg – WEBWIRE

SES today announced that it has reached agreements-in-principle with several regional satellite network operators to launch the SES Open Orbits™ Inflight Connectivity (IFC) Network to enable seamless connectivity services to airlines around the world. This fully interoperable Ka-band platform will combine the geostationary earth orbit (GEO) and medium earth orbit (MEO) satellite networks of SES; NEO Space Group (NSG), a subsidiary of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF); AeroSat Link (ASL), a subsidiary of China Satcom; and Hughes Communications India (HCI).  

SES Open Orbits™ aims to enable satellite operators with regional satellite coverage to be able to participate in a worldwide IFC service offering to airlines. SES Open Orbits™ will support an open architecture network where traffic can be intelligently steered from one interoperable Ka-band network to another for a seamless connected airline passenger experience across the satellites of multiple parties. The global inflight connectivity network will use multi-orbit and multi-waveform capacity offered by regional connectivity service partners and SES to deliver resilient services, such as quality video, data, and communications offerings like those offered on the ground. 

“By spearheading the creation of SES Open Orbits™ using an open architecture that supports multiple orbits and multiple waveforms, SES is enabling more satellite operators and inflight service providers to participate in the global market for inflight connectivity.,” said Elias Zaccack, Global Head of Aviation for SES. “SES Open Orbits™ is the future of inflight connectivity – the solution airlines must have to differentiate and future proof their IFC services. It will allow airlines to roam seamlessly across multiple satellites and orbits to deliver the best quality inflight connectivity services.”

“NSG is excited to be among the first global partners to join the SES Open Orbits inflight connectivity network,” said Philippe Carette, Head of Aerospace Segment of PIF. “Through the combination of our satellite network across Europe, Africa, and the Middle East and SES Open Orbits, we are setting new expectations across the inflight connectivity market, delivering a superior performance that goes well above and beyond traditional industry standards.” 

“Connecting flights over, in and out of China, and throughout the Asia-Pacific region is extremely important to most major airlines around the world. China Satcom is extremely pleased to partner with SES to help bring a whole new level of inflight connectivity by leveraging our Ka-band network,” said Yufei Shen, Vice President at China Satcom.

Shivaji Chatterjee, CEO, President and MD of HCI, said, “Our high throughput network on GSAT-20 satellite over India will launch soon and will play a key role in the global SES Open Orbits™ aero network. We will also bring our deep experience in providing end-to-end connectivity services in multiple verticals to our partnership with SES to help ensure the best possible passenger experience to airlines using this exciting, first-of-its-kind inflight connectivity network.”  

As SES is a Managed Service Provider (MSP) of Airbus’s HBCplus programme, SES Open Orbits™ network will also be easily accessible through SES to airlines who are part of that programme. SES, through Safran Passenger Innovations, is also working on offering SES Open Orbits™ on Boeing aircraft through the Boeing TSA process.


About SES

SES has a bold vision to deliver amazing experiences everywhere on Earth by distributing the highest quality video content and providing seamless data connectivity services around the world. As a provider of global content connectivity solutions, SES owns and operates the world’s only geosynchronous orbit and medium earth orbit (GEO-MEO) constellation of satellites with the unique combination of global coverage and high performance. By using its intelligent, cloud-enabled network, SES delivers high-quality connectivity solutions anywhere on land, at sea or in the air, and is a trusted partner to the world’s leading telecommunications companies, mobile network operators, governments, connectivity and cloud service providers, broadcasters, video platform operators and content owners. SES’s video network carries over 6,400 channels, reaching 363 million households, delivering managed media services for both linear and non-linear content. The company is headquartered in Luxembourg and listed on Paris and Luxembourg stock exchanges (Ticker: SESG). Further information is available at:

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