Inmarsat has announced the launch of its new SwiftBroadband High Data Rate (HDR) streaming service for the aviation market.
SwiftBroadband HDR offers significantly enhanced streaming IP data rates, delivering a step-change in performance for customers requiring higher data throughput.
The new service is being launched at the annual NBAA business aviation convention in Las Vegas, USA, being held on 22-24 October.
SwiftBroadband HDR supports four new streaming rates – including asymmetric services to allow users to access the service configuration that most precisely meets their needs.
Customers benefit from higher rate communications either to or from their aircraft, or bi-directionally, depending on their application requirements, and purchase only the bandwidth they need.
SwiftBroadband HDR completes performance testing this month and it is expected to be commercially available in November 2013. It will offer full channel streaming at an expected rate of up to 650kbps.
The first aircraft system available will be the Honeywell HSD400i, while other Honeywell terminals will be able to access the service through a software upgrade.
Manufacturers such as Cobham also plan to launch SwiftBroadband HDR-compatible terminals in the future.
The HDR service builds on the hugely successful SwiftBroadband service – launched in 2007 – and the X-Stream enhancement service introduced in 2010.
“The introduction of SwiftBroadband HDR brings huge benefits to Inmarsat’s Business Aviation customers across the world requiring higher throughput bandwidth to their aircraft,” said Miranda Mills, President of Inmarsat Aviation.
“SwiftBroadband HDR, like SwiftBroadband itself, is available globally via our Inmarsat-4 satellite network, offering a reliable, high quality service, now with even higher performance.”
SwiftBroadband HDR is the first of a series of exciting enhancements to SwiftBroadband that are being introduced following the recent rollout of Inmarsat’s latest network upgrade.
These will include SwiftBroadband for helicopters and ICAO-approved safety services using SwiftBroadband.
Inmarsat is exhibiting at stand N5111 at NBAA 2013.