Posted on: 25 August 2015 by Ross McSweeny
Satcom Direct is set to become the first business aviation communications provider to validate its services over Jet ConneX, the business aviation version of Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX) service.
Expected to be available by the end of 2015, Jet ConneX will support high data rate applications in flight – including streaming YouTube videos and Skype video calls in real-time – enhanced by Satcom Direct value added services.
To verify the functionality of Satcom Direct’s network and software services over the high-speed Inmarsat-5 (I-5) satellite constellation, the company provisioned an Inmarsat Global Xpress Cobham land terminal.
The test was conducted at Satcom Direct International’s headquarters in Farnborough, UK, via the initial GX satellite, Inmarsat-5 F1, currently in service over Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Capabilities proven over the network include Satcom Direct’s industry-first GlobalVT solution, which allows passengers to make and receive calls and SMS texts using their own smartphone and number at any altitude anywhere in the world.
The test also validated other services powered by the company’s exclusive Satcom Direct Router, which enables advanced applications that improve airborne connectivity, security and efficiency.
“The next generation satellite networks are going to advance airborne data speeds in a significant way. Being the first in business aviation to prove our technologies over Inmarsat’s Ka-band network demonstrates that not only does Satcom Direct deliver what flight departments need now, we’re preparing for the future so that when operators transition to these new networks, the value added services they utilise are in place,” said Jim Jensen, founder and CEO of Satcom Direct.
“Jet ConneX will offer travellers the same high standard of connectivity on-board private jets that has previously only been available on the ground,” added Kurt Weidemeyer, VP of business and general aviation for Inmarsat Aviation. “It’s a step change in business aviation in-flight connectivity and we are delighted that Satcom Direct has taken the lead by validating its services on our Global Xpress Ka-band network.”
Satcom Direct is also an authorised GX value added reseller for US government aviation and enterprise.