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8 August 2017 — Financial News: SmartSky 4G LTE initiates air-to-ground network deployment

SmartSky Networks, LLC, an aviation communications provider, has initiated deployment of the nation´s first airborne 4G LTE-based air-to-ground (ATG) network, the company said. Read more.


7 August 2017 — AIN Online: SmartSky Delays Service Launch to Mid-2018

SmartSky Networks, which is developing a new air-to-ground airborne connectivity network in the U.S., has delayed launch of its 4G LTE service until mid-2018, according to the company. The company’s earlier projections were for service to begin in 2016, but that was subsequently moved to late 2017. Read more.


4 August 2017 — SpaceNews: SmartSky’s Air-to-Ground Network slips to 2018

Inflight connectivity startup SmartSky Networks has pushed back the start date for its terrestrial air-to-ground network from late this year to mid-2018, the company said Aug. 3. Read more.


4 August 2017 — Via Satellite: SmartSky Begins Deployment of 4G LTE Air-to-Ground Network

SmartSky Networks has initiated deployment of its airborne 4G LTE-based Air-to-Ground (ATG) network. Using 60 MHz of spectrum and beamforming technology, the network will provide more than 10 times the typical speed and capacity of the current industry standard ATG network, and at a lower cost per bit, the company stated. Read more.


7 June 2017 — Ottawa Business Journal: Ottawa-based DragonWave’s shares soar on news of inflight Wi-Fi contract

DragonWave (TSX:DRWI)(NASDAQ:DRWI) shares took off in early morning trading after the local telecom firm said it landed an aviation contract from a U.S. firm flush with cash. Later in the day, the producer of microwave radio systems for mobile networks announced it will continue to be listed on the Nasdaq exchange. Read more.


7 June 2017 — Oracle Dispatch: DragonWave, Inc.(USA) (NASDAQ:DRWI) Rallying on In-Flight 4G Deal

DragonWave, Inc.(USA) (NASDAQ:DRWI) shares were all the rage this time last year. DRWI was trading through the $10.00 level in explosive fashion exceeding millions of shares per day. They experienced what many smaller stocks go through when they are required to do secondary offerings using stock. Read more.


7 June 2017 — Baystreet: DragonWave Stock Takes Flight on Contract with SmartSky Networks

The news didn’t come out until after Tuesday’s closing bell, positioning traders to jump all over shares of DragonWave Inc. (TSX:DRWI) (NASDAQ:DRWI) in Wednesday trading action if they saw value in the announcement. Apparently they did. Toronto-listed shares were the highest moving equity listed on the TSX, ballooning more than 72% when all the dust settled. Read more.


6 June 2017 — APEX: Pre-APEX TECH Interview: SmartSky Networks President on When to Open the Kimono

APEX Insight: Ahead of next week’s APEX TECH, SmartSky Networks president Ryan Stone explains the importance of participating on a connectivity panel with rivals like ViaSat and Inmarsat. Read more.


30 May 2017 — Via Satellite: Experts Highlight New Applications For In-Flight Connectivity

Emerging global connectivity capabilities will be one of the biggest drivers for new in-flight applications — especially on the operations side — according to speakers at a Washington Space Business Roundtable (WSBR) panel on May 25. Read more.


26 May 2017 — Space News: Inflight connectivity providers more concerned about cyber threats than laptop ban

Travel bans barring passengers from bringing laptops and tablet computers onboard airplanes aren’t much cause for concern for satellite operators who provide airlines with internet connectivity, executives said May 25, but protecting those devices from hackers and cyber criminals is. Read more.


18 May 2017 — FlightGlobal: EBACE: Connectivity competition tightens in business aviation market

Competition between in-flight connectivity providers to the business aviation market is intensifying, as incumbents and newcomers jostle to put across the message that they are best-placed to meet rapidly growing demand for these services. Read more.


16 May 2017 — Triangle Business Journal: Q1 means nearly $350M for N.C. entrepreneurs – what the investors are saying

Tech investments have topped those in life sciences in North Carolina. That’s according to the first quarter Innovators Report, compiled by the Durham-based Council for Entrepreneurial Development. In total, entrepreneurs across the state raised more than $347 million in funding through 48 equity investment deals, the report shows. That’s about 57 percent of the total dollars raised in all of 2016. Read more.


15 May 2017 — Durham Herald Sun: North Carolina startups raise more than $347 million in first quarter of 2017

North Carolina startup companies raised more than $347 million in the first quarter of 2017 — a more than 105 percent increase from the same quarter last year, according to a report from the Durham-based Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED). That sizable increase was mainly due to the Charlotte-based telecommunications startup SmartSky Networks raising more than $170 million in the first quarter. SmartSky is creating a system to improve Internet connectivity for airplane passengers. Read more.


15 May 2017 — WRAL TechWire: CED report: 45 NC entrepreneurial firms raise $347M in Q1

Forty-five entrepreneurial companies across the state of North Carolina from life science to cleantech raised some $347 million in the first quarter across 48 equity deals, says the latest Council for Entrepreneurial Development’s Innovators Report. That’s more than double the $169 million reported in Q1 2016. Read more.


28 April 2017 — Runway Girl Network: Pocketbook bulging, SmartSky reveals next steps

Riding high after securing a sizable funding round, upstart inflight connectivity provider SmartSky Networks used the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg as an opportunity to outline its certification plans, network build-out and other service development details. Read more.


3 April 2017 — WBTV: Charlotte startup to roll out in-flight Wi-Fi network with new funding

A Charlotte-based startup working to improve Internet connectivity in airplanes has secured $170 million in a multi-tranche Series B financing. Charlotte-based SmartSky Networks is rolling out the country’s first 4G LTE-based broadband high speed wireless air-to-ground data network, according to a statement from the firm Friday. Read more.


3 April 2017 — Finsmes: SmartSky Networks Closes over $170m Series B Financing

SmartSky Networks, LLC, a Charlotte, N.C.-based developer of air-to-ground network SmartSky 4G LTE, closed an over $170m multi-tranche Series B financing. Read more.


30 March 2017 — Space News: SmartSky raises $170 million for terrestrial in-flight connectivity network

SmartSky Networks, a startup building cellular towers for in-flight connectivity — a market coveted and dominated by satellite operators — says it is fully funded to build out ground-based network thanks to a new $170 million Series B funding round. Read more.


29 March 2017 — The Charlotte Weekly: SmartSky Networks secures $170M Series B financing

SmartSky Networks LLC announced the closing of more than $170 million in a multi-tranche Series B financing, completing the equity funding for the deployment of its nationwide network. With this financing, the company has raised approximately a quarter of a billion dollars in equity capital. Read more.


29 March 2017 — Get Connected: SmartSky Networks secures $170m finance for ATG network

SmartSky Networks has secured more than $170 million in a multi-tranche Series B financing, completing the equity funding for the deployment of its nationwide network. Read more.


29 March 2017 — Charlotte Business Journal: This Charlotte startup now has funding to bring high-speed Wi-Fi to airplanes

SmartSky Networks, the startup working to bring high-speed Wi-Fi to airplanes through a nationwide network, announced Tuesday it has closed over $170 million in a multi-tranche Series B round. The Charlotte-based startup says the round completes the funding needed to deploy its nationwide network. Read more.


27 March 2017 — Space News: Will SmartSky’s ground game erode satellite’s in-flight connectivity high ground?

A six-year-old company headquartered near Charlotte, North Carolina’s busy international airport raised $66 million this February as it nears completion of an air-to-ground network of 250 cellular towers. When finished, those towers will point close to 20,000 beams at passenger planes crossing the continental United States. Read more.


23 March 2017 — Aviation Week: SmartSky Set For Network Buildout Sprint

Nascent air-to-ground service provider SmartSky Networks plans to install more than 240 ground stations in the continental U.S. by fall. Read more.


April/May 2017 — APEX Experience: Haynes G. Griffin

“We are bringing broadband Internet in a way that will enable benefits and efficiencies.” A profile on Haynes G. Griffin, Chairman and CEO of SmartSky Networks. Read more.


15 March 2017 — Aviation Today: AEA 2017: New Avionics Unveiled

SmartSky Networks President Ryan Stone presented an update on his company’s latest efforts to commercialize the first 4G air to ground (ATG) IFC network in the National Airspace System (NAS), showing AEA 2017 attendees a demonstration video from January 2017. Read more.


27 February 2017 — Irish Examiner: What can Irish firms exhibiting at Europe’s largest trade fair expect?

One of those 30 companies is Cork firm Software Radio Systems Technologies. SRS headed to Barcelona coming off a coup in securing a partnership with US company SmartSky Networks, a high-performance air-to-ground connectivity network operator. Read more.


14 February 2017 — Charlotte Business Journal: Charlotte in-flight internet provider SmartSky Networks raises $66 million

SmartSky Networks, provider of high-speed in-flight internet, has raised $66.65 million from five investors in a private stock offering, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. Read more.


7 January 2017 — APEX: APEX in Profile: Haynes G. Griffin

Haynes is a former CEO of Vanguard Cellular Systems, which he took public in 1988 and sold to AT&T in 1999, and has also served as chairman of CTIA. As founding CEO of SmartSky Networks, Haynes will help bring affordable, bidirectional broadband connectivity to the aviation industry with the completion of its nationwide network later this year. Read more.


October/November 2016 — Avionics: Capitalizing on the Advent of Cockpit Connectivity: New Air-to-Ground 4G Play

A much newer IFC market entrant, SmartSky Networks, is launching its 4G air-to-ground network this fall with the goal to complete nationwide coverage in 2017. Read more.


Autumn 2016 — Executive and VIP Aviation International: Streaming in the Sky

On 28 September 2016 SmartSky Networks took a giant step in its bid to transform broadband connectivity for business aviation when the company received FCC certification for its patented spectrum reuse radio technology. Read more.


2 November 2016 — RGN Premium: In conversation with SmartSky chief Haynes Griffin

Nearing STC on the Cessna Excel, SmartSky chairman and CEO Haynes Griffin and other SmartSky executives sat down with RGN editor Mary Kirby at NBAA16 today in Orlando to discuss SmartSky’s broad inflight connectivity plans and perceptions about Gogo’s positioning in the US market. Read more.


1 November 2016 — AINOnline: SmartSky App Supports Corporate Angel Network

SmartSky Networks (Booth 2626) arrived at NBAA 2016 with an app designed to disrupt: that is, by putting a smile on your face while helping raise money for the Corporate Angel Network (CAN, Booth 3929). CAN provides pro-bono corporate jet transportation for cancer patients in need of specialized treatment across the U.S. when seats are available. Read more.


31 October 2016 — ANOnline: TrueNorth Router OK’d for SmartSky 4G

The Optelity Pro Cabin Gateway from TrueNorth Avionics, which is being acquired by Satcom Direct, has been approved by SmartSky Networks for the in-development SmartSky 4G LTE air-to-ground network, the company announced this week at NBAA 2016. Read more.


24 October 2016 — Aviation Pros: Pentastar Aviation to Introduce Avionics Solutions at NBAA2016

Pentastar Aviation will unveil its wireless charging solution for business aircraft cabins, in partnership with Cobalt Aerospace, during the National Business Aviation Association’s annual Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (NBAA2016) held November 1-3, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Read more.


17 October 2016 — APEX Insight: Countdown to APEX EXPO 2016: SmartSky’s Mary Rogozinski on In-Flight Connectivity & the EXPO Community

As the vice-president of Airlines for SmartSky Networks, Mary Rogozinski draws on her 30 years of experience in the passenger experience industry to strengthen SmartSky’s position in the in-flight connectivity market. Read more.


3 October 2016 — RGN Premium: SmartSky’s progress

John Walton interviews SmartSky Chairman and CEO Haynes Griffin in this premium content article in Runway Girl Network. Read more.


29 September 2016 — BlueSky News: SmartSky’s patented spectrum reuse radio technology receives FCC certification

Competition in the long-established air-to-ground (ATG) connectivity landscape in the United States has heated up over the past two days with announcements from startup SmartSky Networks and Gogo. Read more.


29 September 2016 — APEX: SmartSky Networks and Gogo Make Strides in Air-to-Ground Connectivity Landscape

Competition in the long-established air-to-ground (ATG) connectivity landscape in the United States has heated up over the past two days with announcements from startup SmartSky Networks and Gogo. Read more.


2 May 2016 — Aviation Week: Pentastar Joins SmartSky To Develop STCs For Gulfstream G450/G550 Aircraft

Pentastar Aviation has partnered with SmartSky Networks to develop STCs for Gulfstream G450 and G550 aircraft and participate for hardware sales and installations on other corporate aircraft. Read more.


27 April 2016 — Corporate Jet Investor: Pentastar Aviation partners with SmartSky to develop STCs for G450 and G550

Pentastar Aviation is set to develop supplemental Type certificates (STCs) for Gulfstream G450 and G550 aircraft as well as participate as a partner for hardware sales and installations on other corporate aircraft. Read more.


15 April 2016 — SDX Central: SmartSky Networks selects NFV solution from Brocade and VMware

SmartSky Networks has hired Brocade and VMware to help it build an air-to-ground broadband network, providing wireless airborne connectivity to private aircraft. Read more.


13 April 2016 — CIO India: SmartSky selects NFV solution from Brocade and VMware

SmartSky is deploying the Brocade Virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) running on VMware vCloud NFV to implement a new network, connecting more than 250 cell sites. Read more.


12 April 2016 — TeleAnalysis: SmartSky Networks Selects NFV Solution From Brocade

SmartSky Networks is building cutting-edge air-to-ground broadband network using the companies’ interoperable and pre-certified network functions virtualization (NFV) solutions from Brocade. Read more.


12 April 2016 — Infotechlead: Brocade, VMware back SmartSky’s air-to-ground network

SmartSky Network is building an air-to-ground broadband network on Brocade’s Virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) running on VMware vCloud network functions virtualization (NFV) solutions. Read more.


11 April 2016 — Market Wired: SmartSky Networks Selects Network Functions Virtualization Solution From Brocade and VMware for High-Speed, In-Flight Connectivity for Aviation Industry

Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) and VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW) today announced SmartSky Networks is building a cutting-edge air-to-ground broadband network using the companies’ interoperable and pre-certified network functions virtualization (NFV) solutions. Read more.


7 April 2016 — Flightglobal: Interiors – SmartSky 4G promises ‘game-changing’ service

SmartSky Networks made its debut appearance at Hamburg’s annual Aircraft Interiors Expo this week to showcase its under-construction 4G broadband air-to-ground in-flight connectivity solution, which it believes will be a game changer in terms of speed and reliability. Read more.


1 April 2016 — Via Satellite: SmartSky Networks Looks to Conquer Business, Commercial ATG Market

In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) provider newcomer SmartSky Networks, a company that claims its Air-to-Ground (ATG) network is able to deliver more than 10 times competitor’s speeds, is taking the business aviation industry by storm. Read more.


31 March 2016 — RGN Premium: Let them eat layer cake

John Walton interviews SmartSky Chairman and CEO Haynes Griffin in this premium content article in Runway Girl Network. Read more.


30 March 2016 — AINOnline: SmartSky Networks Unveils Product, Service Pricing

SmartSky Networks, a new air-to-ground 4G LTE airborne connectivity platform that is scheduled to go live later this year, has published equipment and service pricing. “Early bird” customers will be able to begin using SmartSky in the fourth quarter, according to company president Ryan Stone. But they won’t be charged, he added, “until we have achieved sufficient continental U.S. coverage to deliver a 4G experience in most of the country [expected by mid-2017].” Read more.


29 March 2016 — Corporate Jet Investor: Clay Lacy Aviation partners with SmartSky

Clay Lacy Aviation is to partner with SmartSky for hardware sales and installations. The company will develop an STC for the 4G network on four Gulfstream models: the G200, G-IV, G-IVSP, and G-V. The company is an FAA Part 145 maintenance, repair and overhaul destination serving as an authorised dealer, installation and repair facility for a wide range of leading avionics and cabin entertainment products. Read more.


17 March 2016 — Aerospace Technology: Bombardier to provide SmartSky 4G LTE-based network on business jets

Bombardier Business Aircraft has partnered with SmartSky to provide SmartSky 4G LTE-based network on business jets, including Learjet, Challenger and Global, over the continental US. The carrier’s service centre network will install equipment of SmartSky 4G, which is a new network to be launched later this year. Read more.


15 March 2016 — Market Wired: Bombardier and SmartSky Networks Team Up to Offer Hardware Sales and Installation for SmartSky 4G Network

Bombardier Business Aircraft is pleased to announce that its Service Centre Network team will provide hardware sales and installations for SmartSky 4G, a new network taking flight later this year. SmartSky’s patented 4G beamforming technology delivers a signal that locks onto an aircraft, and by using 60 MHz of spectrum on an air-to-ground (ATG) platform, provides full-throttle, unrestricted access to the web. Passengers can do it all: stream, chat, text, call, game and videoconference. Read more.


15 March 2016 — Asia Travel Tips: Bombardier Aircraft to Feature SmartSky 4G Service

Bombardier’s Service Centre Network team is to provide hardware sales and installations for SmartSky 4G, a new network taking flight later this year. SmartSky’s patented 4G beamforming technology delivers a signal that locks onto an aircraft, and by using 60 MHz of spectrum on an air-to-ground (ATG) platform, provides full-throttle, unrestricted access to the internet. Read more.


15 March 2016 — Sonoran Weekly Review: Bombardier, SmartSky Networks to Offer Hardware Sales and Installation for SmartSky 4G Network

Bombardier Business Aircraft (BBD-B.TO) reports that its Service Centre Network team will provide hardware sales and installations for SmartSky 4G, a new network taking flight later this year. SmartSky’s patented 4G beamforming technology delivers a signal that locks onto an aircraft, and by using 60 MHz of spectrum on an air-to-ground (ATG) platform, provides full-throttle, unrestricted access to the web. Read more.


15 March 2016 — Skies Magazine: Bombardier and SmartSky Networks team up

Bombardier Business Aircraft announced that its Service Centre Network team will provide hardware sales and installations for SmartSky 4G, a new network taking flight later this year. Read more.


24 November 2015 — ViaSatellite: SmartSky Receptive to Partnering ATG with Satellite

SmartSky Networks, designer of a new 4G LTE Air-to-Ground (ATG) network for the aviation sector, is open to partnering with satellite companies to augment its future connectivity solution. Ryan Stone, president of SmartSky, told Via Satellite that the perception of needing to have “either/or” is a misnomer, and that where satellite can improve the network it could find a niche.Read more.


18 November 2015 — AINOnline: SmartSky Goes the Distance for Corporate Angel Network

SmartSky Networks has found a way to make those miles NBAA 2015 showgoers walk at the Las Vegas Convention Center good for more than burning calories. The company, which will beta-launch its SmartSky 4G air-to-ground network by the end of the year, created its 4 Gives More program to raise money for the Corporate Angel Network. Read more.


23 October 2015 — The PE Hub Network: Tiger, Meritage Funds and Platform Partners invest in SmartSky

An investor group led by Tiger Infrastructure Partners, Meritage Funds and Platform Partners has acquired a stake in SmartSky Networks LLC. No financial terms were disclosed. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, SmartSky is developing an 4G-LTE based, air-to-ground communications network. Read more.


7 July 2015 — Aviation Pros: Jet Aviation St. Louis Teams with SmartSky Networks to Install the Industry’s First Airborne 4G LTE-based Wireless Internet Network on the Global Express Platform

SmartSky Networks and Jet Aviation St. Louis have signed an agreement to certify and install the SmartSky 4G LTE-based Internet system on the Global Express platform. Read more.


8 May 2015 — OctaFinance: Smartsky Networks Just Had Published Form D Regarding $15.00 million Fundraising

Smartsky Networks, Llc, Limited Liability Company just had published form D announcing $15.00 million financing. Smartsky Networks was able to finance itself with $12.08 million. Read more.


21 November 2014 — Aviation Today: The Key to Connectivity: SmartSky Networks Partnerships, Technology Bolster Market Confidence

SmartSky Networks, the engineers of an up-and-coming aviation communications network, has announced SatCom Direct as the exclusive business aviation service provider for the network when it comes available in 2016. Read more.


21 October 2014 — Runway Girl Network: SmartSky plans to wage battle against Gogo and AT&T

A company that has been operating virtually in secret for the last three-and-a-half years emerged today at the NBAA convention in Orlando to announce it plans to take on Gogo and AT&T in the US air-to-ground (ATG) inflight connectivity space. Read more.


21 October 2014 — AINOnline: SmartSky 4G data service launching in 2016

SmartSky Networks is launching an airborne 4G LTE-based network, SmartSky, which will serve both business aviation and the airlines starting in 2016. According to the Melbourne, Fla.-based company, SmartSky will provide more than 10 times the typical speed and capacity of networks currently on the market by using 60 MHz of spectrum for its air-to-ground (ATG) data communications. Read more.