Posted on: 19 May 2015 by Ross McSweeny
Having completed flight and lab tests on the High Data Rate (HDR) capabilities of SwiftBroadband – the aircraft connectivity solution provided by Inmarsat-4 satellites – Inmarsat, Honeywell Aerospace (Honeywell) and Eclipse say the new service could double in-flight Wi-Fi speeds using just a simple on-aircraft software upgrade.
Honeywell developed and tested HDR to increase the data speeds from Inmarsat’s L-band SwiftBroadband network over its HSD-400 and HD-710 onboard hardware. Eclipse used its Aero+ Velocity IP aggregation solution to combine four HDR channels to provide average speeds of 2.15 Mbps with peak speeds of around 2.75 Mbps. Together the three partners will offer a single higher-speed solution.
“SwiftBroadband has a very strong future as part of Inmarsat’s portfolio. We are fully committed to our global L-band services and will continue to develop our technology to provide more bandwidth and better services,” said Kurt Weidemeyer, VP business and general aviation, Inmarsat.
“The new High Data Rate service is a great addition to Honeywell’s broadband connectivity product suite and offers another option for operators and passengers to enhance their in-flight experience,” commented Jack Jacobs, VP marketing and product management, Honeywell Aerospace. “Whether it is L-band, GX Ka-band or air-to-ground, Honeywell offers the right technology solution to match the evolving connectivity needs of aircraft operators.”
Marc Pinault, general manager of Eclipse, stated, “Inmarsat’s continued development of services available from the existing L-4 constellation of satellites has allowed Eclipse to keep up with the ever-growing bandwidth demands of our customers. SwiftBroadband HDR is another tool that allows us to continue delivering the most flexible and highest bandwidth solutions available for both the business aviation ‘office in the sky’ environment and the government sector Airborne Intelligence Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR) requirements.”