Love at 1st LEO: For Global Eagle, GEO will be an also-ran in future in-flight-connectivity market

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Satellite aeronautical, maritime and land-based connectivity provider Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) gave a full-on endorsement of using LEO-orbit satellites for in-flight connectivity.

In what may be the first experience-based assessments by a neutral vertical-market player, Global Eagle said LEO solutions are likely to be more important than geostationary-orbit satellites for connectivity uses in the coming years.

“We are in active testing of LEO satellites for our network today, including in-flight demonstrations,” GEE Chief Executive Josh Marks said. “We’ve been . . .

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