Satcom Direct first to enable Inmarsat HDR for bizav

Passenger on bizjet using a phoneSatcom Direct claims it is is the first Inmarsat SwiftBroadband (SBB) distribution partner to provision and enable the new SBB high data rate (HDR) service with Honeywell avionics.

HDR nearly doubles the in-flight data speeds available to business aviation.

Satcom Direct says it has now made the HDR service available to SwiftBroadband customers, providing a faster and more efficient broadband connection.

HDR enhances passengers’ overall network connectivity experience by unlocking the ability to use high-bandwidth applications in-flight.

The service can provide up to 650 kbps per streaming channel. Customers with a Satcom Direct Router (SDR) can use Satcom Direct’s SkyBond service to combine up to two channels, currently, providing speeds of up to 1.3 Mbps.

This is approximately two times faster per channel than traditional SwiftBroadband in-flight connections.

Jim Jensen, CEO and Founder of Satcom Direct, said: “The number one request we get from operators, passengers and VVIP customers worldwide is faster internet.

The Satcom Direct Router (SDR).
The Satcom Direct Router (SDR).

“Satcom Direct is constantly developing and leveraging ways to increase airborne data speeds, so it’s only natural we would be the first to bring HDR to business aviation.

“Checking email, streaming video, and internet browsing just got significantly faster for our customers and we couldn’t be more pleased to be able to deliver it.”

Honeywell developed and tested HDR using its HSD-400 and HD-710 onboard hardware.

The HDR service supports multiple new streaming configurations, including symmetrical and asymmetrical solutions, configurable in either half or full channel data rates.

This allows the operator to select a configuration based on their connectivity needs. It is available to operators with selected Honeywell terminals and the purchase of a license key, with some compatible models requiring an on-wing software upgrade to enable the service.

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