April 8, 2015
SmartSky Networks announces Kontron as new technology connectivity partner
SmartSky Networks, a next-generation aviation communications provider bringing SmartSky 4G, the first airborne 4G LTE-based wireless network to the aviation market, announced Kontron as a technology connectivity partner at the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) 2015 convention in Dallas, Texas. SmartSky 4G will provide more than 10 times the typical speed and capacity by accessing 60 MHz of spectrum. Kontron’s addition as a SmartSky-approved partner gives customers greater choice in selecting their preferred Cabin Wi-Fi Access Point (CWAP) hardware for connecting to SmartSky 4G. With installations on everything from business jets to A330 and B767 wide bodies, Kontron is a well-established and proven supplier to the aviation industry. “The Kontron CWAP’s enterprise routing and Wi-Fi access point functionality aligns perfectly with SmartSky’s open ecosystem. Our partnership with Kontron will enable SmartSky to offer our customers an affordable, yet highly capable, next-generation CWAP option,” said SmartSky Networks VP, Product Development, Blane Rockafellow.