SmartSky Networks’ high-speed, air-to-ground (ATG) broadband network is now available across the entire continental U.S., the company announced today. With hundreds of sites deployed, SmartSky said its network density exceeds competing ATG networks to enable “consistent superior performance” connectivity for business aviation users.
Using the unlicensed 2.4-GHz spectrum, SmartSky said its network combines 4G and 5G technologies to optimize scalability, transmission range, and power to and from aircraft. The company holds more than 200 patents that cover its network architecture, including beam-forming technology and seamless handover capability key to the connectivity service, and hardware.
With STCs complete for several popular business aviation aircraft models, SmartSky’s partners are installing the company’s hardware on individual and fleet aircraft. Additional STCs for more aircraft types are nearing completion with the FAA, SmartSky added.
Monthly service plans range from a 5 GB allowance for $3,495 to unlimited service for $9,995.