SpaceX targets in-flight connectivity market - Mobile World Live

SpaceX targets in-flight connectivity market

20 OCT 2022

SpaceX formed a fresh division of its satellite service Starlink to oversee its entry into the crowded arena of in-flight connectivity, pitching its offer on coverage, data rates and low-latency.

Starlink Aviation will offer Wi-Fi data rates of up to 350Mb/s and latency of around 20 milliseconds. SpaceX priced the service at between $12,500 and $25,000 a month, along with a one-time hardware charge of $150,000.

The company plans to begin delivering terminals in mid-2023.

SpaceX stated the scale of its satellite constellation means “Starlink is positioned to connect passengers wherever your flight routes evolve”.

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) gave SpaceX a greenlight to provide internet services on moving vehicles, ships and aeroplanes in July.

SpaceX is entering an increasingly competitive sector for in-flight connectivity, with players including OneWeb, Inmarsat and ViaSat also targeting the opportunity.



Mike Robuck

Mike Robuck is the U.S. Editor at Mobile World Live. He joined the Mobile World Live staff in February of 2022. Prior to joining GSMA, he was editor of FierceTelecom and of Light Reading’s Telco Transformation microsite. He has a...

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