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Friday, October 30, 2015

Satcom Direct Enables Inmarsat High Data Rate Service

Juliet Van Wagenen

Satcom Direct has enabled HDR service through it’s router
Satcom Direct has enabled HDR service through it’s router. Photo: Satcom Direct

[Avionics Today 10-30-2015] Satcom Direct has enabled High Data Rate (HDR) service for Inmarsat SwiftBroadband customers, providing a faster and more efficient broadband connection.

According to Satcom Direct, HDR unlocks the ability to use high-bandwidth applications in-flight. The service can provide up to 650 kbps per streaming channel. Customers with a Satcom Direct Router (SDR) can use Satcom Direct’s exclusive SkyBondSM service to combine up to two channels, currently, providing speeds of up to 1.3 Mbps. This is approximately two-times faster per channel than traditional SwiftBroadband in-flight connections.

Honeywell developed and tested HDR using its HSD-400 and HD-710 onboard hardware. The HDR service supports multiple new streaming configurations, including symmetrical and asymmetrical solutions, configurable in either half or full channel data rates.

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