Higher data capacity for flight operations and IFE
More data onboard, and this concerns every aspect of flight operations, including avionics including avionic systems: communications, navigation, the display and management of multiple systems, and the hundreds of systems that are fitted to aircraft to perform individual functions.
The latest aircraft are constantly generating several hundred thousand parameters for collecting and analyzing data, and for spotting problems. Airlines are turning to IT solutions to improve operational efficiency, decrease costs and enhance safety.
The increasing use of personal electronic devices by passengers is allowing airlines to eliminate costly and weighty entertainment systems. It is highly likely that the next step will be to empower the passenger to create his/her own entertainment by making available in-seat digital services like WIFI, broadband, satellite connections, etc.
As with advanced avionics and flight operations this increase of data onboard requires significant improvements in broadband data capacity, often requiring optical fiber replacement of the copper network.