The only Gigabit solution for connecting the skies
A2G is the only technology that can meet the ever-increasing demand for broadband connectivity in the sky. Our solution delivers bandwidth up to 100 times cheaper than satellite systems, and flexibly scales to address the further growth in data traffic – growth that is fueled by the overall increase in air traffic, by more passengers and aircraft systems coming online, and by the growing amount of data that each passenger and aircraft system will demand per each flight.
The A2G network consists of base stations and a centralized core network. One base station typically covers the airspace within a 100km radius and supplies up to 100 Mbit/s per aircraft, with a roadmap to 1 Gbit/s. We leverage standard 4G/5G products and complement those with purpose-built A2G components. Our patented software algorithms ensure that aircraft can reliably connect even at high speeds, at high altitudes, and across long ranges.
Our partner Thales was the first to implement an A2G terminal based on the SkyFive algorithms. The terminal consists of one or two palm-sized antennas mounted under the aircraft belly, and one or two remote radio heads and a baseband unit inside the aircraft. In contrast to satellite systems the additional fuel consumption caused by the A2G terminal is negligible. Its small size and low weight allows equipping also smaller aircraft with it, including business jets.
As an A2G specialist, and based on our extensive experience from building the European Aviation Network, SkyFive provides the full range of professional services including planning, implementation, commercial launch, continuous optimization, and managed services. In addition, SkyFive offers business consulting, with a focus on quantitative market research, business case modeling, and service pricing.
SkyFive cooperates with a range of industry-leading companies to bring a complete Inflight Connectivity & Entertainment solution to the market. At Broadband Aviation Forum 2020, we gathered to provide a 360° view to true broadband services in the sky. Check out the trailer to the event below, or visit the event website to watch the recordings.
Key features of the SkyFive A2G solution
Solution overview for non-technical readers
Specifics of the A2G Radio Frequency spectrum
Wireless connectivity options for drones
An illustrated 360° view to broadband communications in the sky and the SkyFive A2G solution