SmartSky Networks Receives FCC Certification

ompletion of Hardware and Software Upgrade Enables Rapid Network Expansion

Research Triangle Park, NC. 8 July 2021 – SmartSky announced today that the ground-based remote radiohead for its next-generation air-to-ground network has received Federal Communications Commission (FCC) certification. This marks another technical milestone for SmartSky and further progress toward the commercial launch of the high throughput, very low-latency network later this year for aviation operators and passengers.

“Deployment of the FCC-certified tower radios for our network, coupled with the availability of our shipset products (high-performance antennas, aircraft radios) gives our service-partners and dealers great confidence to begin accepting orders. We are already seeing increased interest and demand with the business aviation markets rebounding ahead of schedule in 2021. The timing is great as we plan for our commercial launch, and to be the leading catalyst for the advent of the connected aircraft market,” said SmartSky’s CEO, David Helfgott.

With “feature complete” status for the network hardware and software achieved and with existing tower and terrestrial network infrastructure in place, SmartSky is rapidly expanding its network. The opening of the Southeast corridor earlier this Spring operationalizes SmartSky’s extensive patent portfolio behind its unique 5G beamforming and spectrum re-use technologies, and brings powerful innovations for optimizing the end-user inflight connectivity experience, as well as enabling advanced operational data sharing and augmented information exchange.

SmartSky’s products and services will be available through a broad network of Value-Added-Reseller (VAR) and installation partners, and includes three differentiated, interrelated offerings: i) the best-in-class air-to-ground network, ii) advanced shipset hardware for aircraft communications, and iii) a transformational digital platform and application-layer, Skytelligence®.

About SmartSky

SmartSky Networks was founded to transform aviation through disruptive communications technologies, services and related tools. SmartSky is rolling out its innovative air-to-ground network in 2021. The network takes advantage of patented spectrum reuse, advanced beamforming technologies and 60 MHz of spectrum for significantly enhanced connectivity. SmartSky’s network uniquely enables an “office in the sky” experience with unmatched capacity for data transmissions both to and from the aircraft. This real-time, low latency, bidirectional data link makes SmartSky the best in-flight user experience, and a key enabler for new and enhanced applications and services. For more information, visit


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