Satellite to Aircraft = $32bn by 2026
Two-thirds of all commercial aircraft are expected to be fitted with in-flight connectivity (IFC) by 2026, and this represents a potential $32 billions-worth of revenue over the next decade as air travel continues to grow and passengers get used to the services.
The data comes from Northern Sky Research (NSR) in its latest study, Aeronautical Satcom Markets 5th Edition, which says that the imminent start of service by highly-touted High Throughput Satellites (HTS) will help meet the tall expectations of passengers for quality inflight connectivity (IFC) experience at the right price.
Late Millennials and Generation Z passengers comprise an increasing portion of air travellers, and they will board with their social network on hand. No longer closed during flights, airplanes will become an Internet hub, where connecting with thousands of people is necessary and normal for passengers.” states Claude Rousseau, NSR Research Director and report author. As a result, the behaviour of this class of passengers will eventually drive the installation and utilization of IFC as it becomes one of the box customers tick to choose their airline, says NSR.
Gulf viewers deprived by diplomatic crisis
What happens if you are an innocent viewer based in Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and trying to watch a football game carried by beIN Sports, or trying to catch a news report from Al Jazeera? The recent diplomatic row between Saudi Arabia and arch-rival Qatar is placing extreme strains on broadcasting in the region.
Dubai-based trade mag BroadcastPro-ME reported June 7 that subscribers to local services from e-Life or UAE’s telco Du have now been barred from viewing Qatar-based beIN and Al Jazeera. The report says that Al Jazeera’s network channels are no longer available in the UAE, nor are the broadcaster’s Web sites. Etisalat, which manages the e-Life and ‘du’ services in the UAE, blamed “technical reasons” for the interruptions.
A statement from ‘du’ adds: “We would like to confirm the services of beIN Sports are currently suspended. Our customer service teams will be in touch with all affected customers.”