Aeronet is bringing true broadband to aviation.
We want everyone on board to be able to enjoy their internet experiences just like they do on the ground.
Social media, on demand movies and television shows, as well as online gaming.

Demand of data connectivity is only beginning for the aviation market

Aeronet believes aviation can no longer under serve the data connectivity demands of both airline passengers and airline operational teams. Each of these users now expect the same level of connectivity service as they can experience when on the ground. The combined number of users gathered together on any one commercial airliner flight means a connectivity service akin to a large corporate office is required for each flight.

  • Meeting these current user demands is only the beginning.
  • The trends are for passengers to want to be always connected, have access to their own cloud stored content, get a personalised service, use real time destination services and view HD or 4K video. All of which increase the data consumed per passenger.
  • As we all age, digital natives as a percentage of passengers will only increase causing the combined passenger cabin demand to compound more.
  • For operational teams the potential for IoT data is enormous but must not degrade the passenger WiFi experience. Opportunities range for engine monitors, weather updates, remote storage of black box data, crew service tablets, etc.

'Fiber to the plane' levels of service with 1,000Mbps up and down, very low latency and high availability

With increasing demand characteristics, each aircraft will need to have wireless 'fiber to the plane' levels of connectivity service.
Here is just a snapshot of some of the interesting performance characteristics of Aeronet’s system:

  • By dedicating bandwidth to each airplane means no sharing of scarce spectrum capacity between multiple aircraft in congested airspace locations.
  • Speeds ranging from 1,000 - 2,000 Mbps per datalink can be reached.
  • Use of a largely underused spectrum bands results in options to dedicate separate channels to deliver the same speeds both in upload and download.
  • Datalink architecture means very low latency performance is guaranteed to sending the data the shortest route possible.
  • A Frequency band that is assigned for data communication by the ITU enabling cross border usage.
  • Delivery on a 'fat data pipe' on a neutral basis allowing airlines and IFEC provider to package it for their consumers as they wish.
  • Network command and control systems can integrate and work in parallel with other systems, such as SatCom.

We are using proven network architectures and adapting them for aviation environments

The ICT industry has used point to point datalinks to handle heavy data volumes, Aeronet is adapting these architectures to meet the multiple different challenges of an aviation environment.

  • These will allow multiple and dynamic datalinks to be created, reconfigured and maintained between a variety of nodes. These nodes can be ground stations, airplanes, helicopters, satellites, drones or other similar platforms capable of carrying the datalink equipment.
  • By forming and constantly reconfiguring this mesh of datalinks Aeronet can keep aircraft connected over the ocean and outside of ground station coverage. Also optimising the configuration can avoid disruptions to service caused by local heavy weather events.
  • As the demand grows per aircraft or more aircraft join the network, the architecture can quickly and efficiently scale to add more capacity by adding further ground based data links.