Satcom Direct Enables Inmarsat High Data Rate Service

By Juliet Van Wagenen | October 30, 2015
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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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