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Global Eagle Acquires Satellite Communication Payload

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

January 13, 2017

Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. (GEE) has acquired Ku-band payload on an SES communication satellite in a move to boost capacity for its customers in North America, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. GEE will rebrand the satellite as Eagle-1.
“Eagle-1 is a key element in the strategic expansion of our global satellite network to optimize quality of experience (QoE) for our rapidly growing user base,” said Abel Avellan, president of GEE. “Our vision is to reach hundreds of millions of people on the move around the world with a reasonably priced high-speed Wi-Fi experience that is equivalent to what they get at their homes or offices. To that end, GEE is increasing satellite capacity and upgrading our robust ground infrastructure of owned teleports. We are also bringing to market a portfolio of exclusive solutions, such as our patented SpeedNet high-speed browsing technology. For users, that means the best value and experience for entertainment and internet services wherever they travel – in the air, at sea or on land.”
“Our strategic plan calls for us to own critical elements of our infrastructure, especially in areas where we have the greatest density of users. It enables us to deliver bandwidth where it is needed at the most competitive price,” said Dave Davis, chief executive officer of GEE.
“This may involve selectively deploying additional Eagle-series payloads over locations where it makes good sense in the future.”
Eagle-1 will be integrated seamlessly into GEE’s global network as the company continues to innovate with its own infrastructure and patented technologies to take advantage of the most efficient, cost-competitive global mobility network that combines wideband, high-throughput and ultra-high-throughput satellite components in a frequency-agnostic way.
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