Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. has partnered with Air Esurfing, a fully owned subsidiary of Air Media Group, to transform the domestic IFC (in-flight connectivity) market in China. The partners intend to utilize China's Ka-band HTS capacity for domestic IFC services over mainland China.

Gilat and Air Esurfing will join forces to deliver broadband connectivity to airlines throughout China. Gilat will leverage its multi-service HTS platform that will operate with China Satcom's Ka-band capacity planned to be launched in 2017. Gilat's solution will enable continuous service exceeding 100 Mbps and servicing many dozens of passengers per aircraft. Gilat will provide a complete IFC terminal including its unique ER6000-A KuKa antenna terminal and its Taurus Modman. The partners will jointly pursue STC certification for the Gilat system with commercial pilots already planned for early 2018.