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Weary of agonizingly slow in-flight file download and even slower upload times? Frustrated by an utter inability to kick back and stream a sporting event or movie? To conduct a real-time conference call? To have the cockpit connectivity your crew so desperately needs and that you want to provide? If you’d like to kick that annoying digital spinning beach ball to the curb, relax. Things are about to get better. A lot better.


SmartSky’s 4G LTE-based network is changing in-flight communication, entertainment, and connectivity.
When the innovative beamforming-based, air-to-ground network rolls out later this year,
users will finally have the answer to sluggish connections and Wi-Fi frustrations.



For flights outside the US, having both Satellite and ATG installed on the aircraft is an excellent way to provide connectivity with optimal service and substantially reduce connectivity operating costs. SmartSky 4G LTE is designed for hybrid solutions and integrates easily with existing and future satellite IFC infrastructure. When both satellite and SmartSky are onboard, Cabin Wi-Fi Access Points (CWAPs) approved for use with SmartSky 4G LTE work to provide optimal routing between the ATG and satellite connection.

Benefits of hybrid solutions:
While satellites provide connectivity outside the US with speed in the forward link to the aircraft, their return links to get data off the aircraft are severely limited. SmartSky 4G LTE delivers optimal bidirectional high bandwidth data transfers. The SmartSky network also provides extremely low latency, which enables applications for real-time communications. This low latency is the result of the design for the air-to-ground connection, as well as the Virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) utilized on the ground.

Costs and savings with hybrid solutions:
Integrating a satellite solution with SmartSky 4G LTE is affordable and can save ongoing connectivity costs. While satellite unit price per MB can be 5x higher than SmartSky 4G LTE, the satellite equipment costs are also 5-10x that of SmartSky 4G LTE. Combining the savings on data costs using optimal cost routing via the CWAP, coupled with the low costs of SmartSky 4G LTE installation can save upwards of $1M in expenses through least cost routing over a ten year period for the typical heavy business jet. Further, this is the net savings, as it is inclusive of the incremental capital cost of adding SmartSky 4G LTE to an aircraft already equipped with a satellite IFC solution.

smartsky 4g lte nationwide coverage plan


SmartSky’s engineering team designed our network to typically deliver a rich, 4G inflight connectivity experience. SmartSky cannot guarantee service availability within this map of its planned U.S. coverage area. Actual service, quality and availability (including initiation, validation and maintenance of an inflight connection) can be affected by signal strength, aircraft and network traffic volume, service outages, network changes, site rollout sequencing, governmental regulatory changes and other conditions.


Call Alan Goodnight at 800.660.9982, ext. 705, or email alan@smartskynetworks.com for more information about scheduling your aircraft for SmartSky 4G LTE technology installation. You’ll be glad you were the early bird.