CarlisleIT Supports China Satellite Communication Project As Market Heats up.
It’s no secret that China’s in-flight connectivity market is heating up, with several satellite communications solutions already in play and several air-to-ground (ATG) projects on the horizon. As such, some stakeholders have become more vocal about their work packages and perspectives.
Take Carlisle Interconnect Technology for example. Currently, the company mainly supplies China with larger integration components, satellite communications aircraft radomes, and equipment kits, and, to a lesser extent, integrated cabling and cabling products.
In 2018, it entered into a partnership with Kontron to provide turnkey cabin wifi system hardware solutions, installation kits, and Additional Type Certificates (STC) to airlines, system integrators, connectivity service providers, and media companies.
During an extensive interview with RGN, CarlisleIT’s Director of Product Management, Integrated Products, Jeff Behlendorf, confirmed that the St. This Augustine, Florida still has a relationship with Kontron, and that the broader momentum we are monitoring for IFC in China is real. And while ATG has been making headlines lately, IFC’s work on satellite communications is well underway.
He revealed: Today we are building satellite communications installation hardware for various customers in China. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you who. Some deals are with silent partners, but we expect a large part of China’s aircraft fleet to be connected in the years to come.
Several hundred aircraft are likely to be equipped with connectivity in the next 18 months.
The market in China is very fond of China-centric solutions, with China-centric satellites and ISPs. Obviously, we support great cousins and if they find a client in China, we’ll be happy to serve them. We also support local Chinese companies who wish to provide such services. In some cases, Kontron is involved in providing cab network components.
Since there is a strong incentive for the Chinese to do their best in their country, it is fair to say that the market is a bit complicated. In some cases, CarlisleIT provides parts for local MROs who then create a complete solution. In other cases, CarlisleIT is ISP compliant “so it’s a mix,” Behlendorf said.
“We will probably remain silent partners. There’s been a press release coming out of prime numbers, but Carlisle’s name will probably never appear. We want them to take the initiative.”
CarlisleIT looks forward to the emergence of ATG-based IFC solutions in China. “There are some people who promote it. We have the impression that the Chinese government is interested in implementing a 5G connectivity solution with an air component,” said the CarlisleIT executive.
“It’s not entirely clear who will provide it or who will own it. ATG or Satcom is more suitable for operators, it depends on where they fly and what the economy is.”
China Telecom is reportedly running trials on three domestic routes outside Beijing, in collaboration with ZTE. But there are some technical challenges to ensuring ATG doesn’t interfere with terrestrial 5G services. And, as readers know, China is big and mountainous. In certain areas, fibers for cell sites are difficult or not yet available.
This is why satellites are so important in the northwest and southwest China due to the lack of copper and fiber infrastructure, said Jing Jing Li, IFC director of Chinese satellite operator APT Mobile Satcom.
“The same goes for IFC, if you don’t have ground connectivity for ground stations/mobile sites, ATG is ineffective. This is not always the case as the fiber will eventually spread everywhere, but it will take years. In the short term, we see that ATG could fit in densely populated areas in eastern China, but not in western China for many years,” she told Runway Girl Network.
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