Satcom Direct first to enable SBB HDR service for business aviation

Satcom Direct is the first distribution partner of Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband (SBB) solution to provision and enable the new SBB high data rate (HDR) service, alongside Honeywell avionics, to nearly double the in-flight data speeds available to business aviation.
“The number one request we get from operators, passengers and VVIP customers worldwide is faster internet. 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,” commented said Jim Jensen, CEO and founder of Satcom Direct. “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.”
HDR enhances passengers’ overall network connectivity experience by unlocking the ability to use high-bandwidth applications in-flight. It supports multiple new streaming configurations, allowing the operator to select a configuration based on their connectivity needs.
Honeywell developed and tested HDR using its proven HSD-400 and HD-710 onboard hardware, so it is available to operators with select Honeywell terminals and the purchase of a license key, with some compatible models requiring an on-wing software upgrade to enable the service.
Now, customers with a Satcom Direct Router can use Satcom Direct’s exclusive SkyBond service to combine up to two channels (so far), providing speeds of up to 1.3 Mbps (or 650 Kbps per streaming channel). This is approximately two times faster per channel than traditional SBB in-flight connections.

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