Aircell offering new SwiftBroadband equipment

Aircell is to offer a new SwiftBroadband connectivity solution for the business aviation market in which the use of a reduced-size antenna will make satellite-based voice and data connectivity practical for a whole new segment of the industry, including light jets and turboprops.

Based on Thrane & Thrane’s new Aviator 200, the new system pairs the proven, lightweight avionics equipment of Aircell’s existing SwiftBroadband solution with a small, low-gain satcom antenna (pictured). The result is a reduction in overall system size and weight as well as in the cost and complexity of aircraft modifications.

The system will operate exclusively over the newly-announced SwiftBroadband 200 service from Inmarsat. Operators will be able to seamlessly use their personal laptops and mobile devices for e-mail and light internet services at up to 200 kbps with coverage in several world regions. They can also use the system’s integrated cabin handsets to make and receive voice calls.

“With a simple, blade-style antenna and the new SwiftBroadband 200 service, this new package is an exciting option for operators seeking a cost-effective satellite-based voice and data system,” remarked John Wade, Aircell’s executive vice-president and general manager. “It’s ideal for smaller aircraft where equipment size and weight are paramount.”

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