Anuvu, a provider of high-speed satellite connectivity and entertainment solutions for worldwide mobility markets, will showcase their new, Dual-Panel Ka-Band Inflight Connectivity Antenna System (DPSAA) to airlines attending the Airline Passenger Experience Association Expo in Long Beach, California.
The antenna is a key component of Anuvu’s Airconnect, Ka-, multi-orbit connectivity platform that is designed specifically for both GEO and LEO networks, providing the best possible performance on each network.
Based on proven antenna technology, the dual-panel antenna delivers class-leading performance on today’s GEO networks, optimizing for fast handoffs and ultra-high data rates. Building on QEST’s latest-generation, responsive, motion-control system, the dual-panel antenna maximizes data flow even when GEO and LEO satellites are low on the horizon. Anuvu’s customers can select the GEO satellite connectivity option that provides the most efficient inflight connectivity performance today, while maintaining full forward compatibility with current and future NGSO networks.
The DPSAA is the latest innovation from a family of antenna products designed by QEST to withstand the harsh environment on the aircraft fuselage. Leveraging existing designs that have more than 60 million hours of operational excellence, this latest antenna offers not only world-class reliability but also incorporates innovative technology designed to out-perform all other antenna platforms.
After many years in which Electrically Steerable Antennae (ESA’s) have consistently failed to mature, Anuvu’s DPSAA solution meets the market target of a high-performance antenna with low power requirements and lower costs compared to an ESA solution.
“We are thrilled to be able to showcase our latest hybrid-network, multi-orbit innovation with our longtime partner QEST,” said Mike Pigott, Anuvu EVP Connectivity. “QEST continues to innovate in satellite communications through the development of antenna systems based on their decades of experience. Anuvu remains committed to designing and developing the best solutions to enable our aviation customers to obtain superior connectivity services today and well into the future. Our open-architecture design doesn’t lock customers into specific system components, enabling customers to maximize the value of their investment over time while receiving the best service in the market.”
“We at QEST are excited to see an innovative and forward-looking company like Anuvu introduce this dual-panel antenna design to address an immediate need in the market as airlines consider how new LEO networks can enhance their connectivity options,” said Stefan Bihler, Executive Manager and Chief Commercial Officer at QEST.
Additionally, Anuvu has completed the sale of the firm’s stake in Wireless Maritime Services, LLC (“WMS”) to CCP Capital Strategies LLC (“CCP”), a private equity investment firm.
WMS provides maritime cellular networks enabling secure, high-performance connectivity at sea. WMS’ existing management team will continue to lead the business, which will now operate as an independent platform. The company was formed in 2005 and is headquartered in Miramar, Florida.
“This transaction is an important milestone for WMS, and we’re excited to partner with CCP to continue to deliver and innovate our best-in-class wireless offerings,” said Pramod Arora, WMS President and CEO. “Our focus will remain on our customers, employees and partners as we commence this new and exciting phase for WMS.”
“We’ve been close to the WMS story since 2006 when the company pioneered the maritime cellular market and we’re thrilled to partner with this team as the business transitions to be an independent platform,” said CCP Managing Partner, David Collier. “WMS’ market leadership positions it well to address a rapidly expanding opportunity for specialized wireless connectivity solutions.”
“The sale of WMS is part of our overall strategic plan to focus our portfolio,” said Josh Marks, Anuvu CEO. “The proceeds from this transaction will allow us to invest in future growth opportunities and continue to deliver best-in-class connectivity solutions for our clients. We deeply appreciate the contributions of WMS employees and wish them continued success in this new venture. We believe this transaction represents a significant positive outcome for all the parties.”
Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.