Posted on: 11 September 2014 by Mark Howells
Rockwell Collins has signed a deal to become a Value Added Reseller (VAR) of Inmarsat’s GX Aviation service in the commercial air transport market.
“This agreement builds on and extends our working relationship with Rockwell Collins – in both avionics and services – that started more than 20 years ago,” said Leo Mondale, president of aviation at Inmarsat.
Currently scheduled to be available to commercial airline customers by the end of the first half of 2015, Inmarsat claim that as the only global commercial Ka-band network, GX Aviation will be able to provide up to 50mbps consistently, virtually anywhere in the world.
The high-speed service will create the potential for in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems to add real-time TV and video-on-demand offerings, as well as enabling Rockwell Collins to bring new capabilities to its own Airshow moving map system PAVES IFE solution.
Jeff Standerski, senior VP of information management services for Rockwell Collins, commented, “This service brings new possibilities for our ARINC Cabin Connect offering that go far beyond what’s available today, including expandable bandwidth that will give passengers the same connectivity experience they have in their home and office, and the capability to accommodate future devices and applications.”
The first of the three initial GX Aviation satellites is already in orbit and began delivering commercial services on 1st July 2014.