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work will bring high-speed, low-latency connectivity both to and from the aircraft for the first time in aviation. This means Internet users in the air will be able to have a connectivity experience similar to what they experience on the ground. “While this will be a major benefit to the user in the cabin, over time, we think it will also be important for other aspects of aviation like aircraft operations and will bring significant benefits to the crew,” says Rogozinski. SmartSky Networks recently received the first ever certification from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission for the use of 2.4 GHz unlicensed spectrum with a beamforming-based air-toground network. This certification provides the validation that the utilization of this unlicensed spectrum will not cause interference to, or be interfered by, the operations in the same band on the ground. The provider also received DO160G qualification for its airborne parts and is moving closer to receiving its first STC for the SmartSky Cessna Citation Excel. In addition, inflight STC work has commenced on other aircraft, including a 737. SmartSky Networks is also conducting demonstration flights with various customers and partners on its jet, receiving excellent reviews from participants. Passengers have been able to concurrently stream videos from the ground, conduct Skype and Facetime sessions, plus send and receive large files. SmartSky Networks’ patented 4G beamforming technology provides for dedicated spectrum to be used by each aircraft, providing an experience on aircraft equal to, or better than, the internet services on the ground. Further, its technology enables users to: use 60 MHz of spectrum vs. the 3MHz currently in ATG use; use phased-array beamforming to deliver a really fast link to the aircraft with speeds comparable to KA-band solutions; remove data off the aircraft with a return link that is nearly as fast as the forward link; and lastly, for the first time in the aviation industry, provide these high speeds in both directions without the latency of satellite solutions, all at the least cost per bit. “We believe once customers get a taste of the combination of high bi-directional bandwidth coupled with our low latency, they will understand the importance of low latency to the overall quality of the connected experience, for both IFE and operational needs,” says Rogozinski. “Furthermore, we think airlines will start to adopt a practice the Business Aviation community has long understood, namely that they can save money and have a higher performance by putting both a satellite and ATG system on their aircraft. Each system has unique attributes, no system

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