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Press Release: Hughes and Kontron collaborate to reinvent IFC


Press Release hub banner blue with title in red white and blueKontron, a leading global provider of Inflight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFE&C) solutions and Hughes Network Systems, an EchoStar company, today announce their collaboration to enhance in-flight connectivity for airline customers. This leverages Kontron’s open IFE&C avionics platforms to deploy the groundbreaking Hughes JUPITER™ powered In-Flight Connectivity services.

The Hughes JUPITER fleet of satellites promises to transform the in-flight experience for passengers across the Americas, and worldwide with partner satellites. By integrating with Kontron’s Ace Flight™ Server, Cab-n-Connect™ A201 CWAP, Ace Flight™ 4783 Dual Modem Manager (MODMAN), and other products from Kontron, Hughes can provide best of class IFE&C solutions to the airlines and aims to deliver seamless connectivity that meets the evolving demands of modern travelers.

This collaboration between Hughes and Kontron represents a significant advancement in satellite communications and availability of these proven platforms in the commercial avionics sector for the airlines. The integration of the JUPITER 3 modem into Kontron’s Ace Flight 4783 MODMAN is a testament to the  shared commitment to innovation and ability to respond to the evolving needs of the aviation industry.

This synergy not only enhances Kontron’s ever growing MODMAN connectivity platforms but also aligns with the Seamless Alliance’s initiatives to provide the airlines with open platforms hosting these next generation solutions. The combined efforts of Hughes and Kontron are set to provide a compelling solution in the market, offering sophisticated systems that aim to reduce long-term costs for airlines while enhancing the passenger experience.

“We work tirelessly to provide our airline customers with fast, flexible, and reliable Wi-Fi onboard,” stated Reza Rasoulian, Senior Vice President of the Aviation Business Unit at Hughes. “We are continuously looking for innovative technologies and collaborative partners to execute our mission of delivering world class connectivity to airlines worldwide, creating frictionless experiences that delight passengers” Added Rasoulian.


“With Hughes and Kontron at the forefront of innovation, the future of in-flight connectivity has never looked brighter,” explains Tony Squeglia, Business Development Director at Kontron. “By combining Hughes’ largest commercial communications satellite ever built with Kontron’s leading avionic platforms we’re offering passengers unprecedented internet speeds and reliability.”

Kontron and Hughes will be exhibiting at AIX in Hamburg, Germany from May 28 – 30, 2024. Visit Kontron at booth 2E24 and Hughes at booth 2B70 to learn more about their connectivity solutions.

About Kontron

Kontron AG (ISIN AT0000A0E9W5, WKN A0X9EJ, KTN) is a leading IoT technology company. For more than 20 years, Kontron has been supporting companies from a wide range of industries to achieve their business goals with intelligent solutions. From automated industrial operations, smarter and safer transport to advanced communications, connectivity, medical, and energy solutions, the company delivers technologies that add value for its customers. With the acquisition of Katek SE in early 2024, Kontron significantly strengthens its portfolio with the new GreenTec division, focusing on solar energy and eMobility, and grows to around 8,000 employees in over 20 countries worldwide. Kontron is listed on the SDAX® and TecDAX® of the German Stock Exchange.

About Hughes

Hughes Network Systems, LLC, an EchoStar (Nasdaq: SATS) company, provides broadband equipment and services; managed services featuring smart, software-defined networking; and end-to-end network operation for millions of consumers, businesses, governments, airlines, and communities worldwide. The Hughes flagship internet service, Hughesnet®, connects millions of people across the Americas, and the Hughes JUPITER™ System powers internet access for tens of millions more worldwide. Hughes supplies more than half the global satellite terminal market to leading satellite operators, mobile network operators and military customers. Hughes products and services have helped bring in-flight video and broadband to thousands of aircraft for over twenty years. A managed network services provider, Hughes supports approximately half a million enterprise sites with its HughesON™ portfolio of wired and wireless solutions. To learn more, visit or follow HughesConnects on Twitter and LinkedIn. Hughes and HughesNet are registered trademarks and JUPITER is a trademark of Hughes Network Systems, LLC

Featured image credited to Hughes