SmartSky Reveals Satcom Direct as Exclusive Biz Av Provider of Future 4G LTE Network

By Juliet Van Wagenen | November 14, 2014
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SmartSky 4G LTE Network rendering
SmartSky 4G LTE Network rendering. Photo: Smartsky

[Avionics Today 11-14-2014] Satcom Direct has been announced as the exclusive business aviation provider for the recently revealed SmartSky Networks 4G LTE-based wireless network services. The Air-to-Ground (ATG) network, which anticipates rollout of commercial service in 2016, claims to provide real-time business-grade connectivity with more than 10 times the typical speed and capacity of networks currently in the market by using 60 MHz of spectrum for its data communications.

The Satcom Direct Router (SDR) is approved for use with SmartSky and allows passengers to manage all of the cabin communications systems onboard the aircraft including use of their own smartphones to talk and text during flight. It also provides multiple Wi-Fi access points (SSID) for passengers.

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