ViaSat is extending the availability of its cabin and cockpit connectivity solutions for business aircraft through new partnerships with other communications systems providers. Here at the EBACE show this week, the California-based company is announcing the integration of its VMT-1500 satellite connectivity system and Yonder Internet service with ICG’s new cabin router and NxtLink series transceivers to connect aircraft via the Iridium satellite network.
This summer Carlsbad, California-based ViaSat plans to add two premium classes to its Yonder high-speed Internet satellite telecom service, specifically to cater for the needs of business aviation. The new services–Yonder Premium and Yonder VIP–provide higher data rates, new quality of service assurances and enhanced network operations, as well as field engineering customer support.
ViaSat’s Exede Internet consumer broadband service is expanding to the airline sector, and sources at the Carlsbad, Calif.-based company say it is considering providing Exede to business aviation, though no plans have been announced yet.
At AIX, ViaSat announced it had set Guinness world records for the highest-capacity satellite, allowing 100 times the capacity of a typical Ku-band satellite and 10 times the throughput of any Ka-band satellite launched before ViaSat-1.
Satcom Direct held its 9th annual conference in early February, bringing together not only its own customers but also a variety of hardware manufacturers and other companies that benefit from and provide services via satcom. The conference grows every year and is evidence that the steady pace of satellite communications development has led to a greater variety of airborne telecom services–and even some reductions in pricing–for aircraft operators.
Satcom Direct of Satellite Beach, Fla., will be touring the U.S. during June and July to promote new products and features, including updates on new mobile applications, maintenance training and troubleshooting.
Free training for Satcom Direct users includes hands-on work in the Satcom Direct mobile lab, a 40-foot Monaco Diplomat Coach, and features services from satellite providers Inmarsat, ViaSat Yonder and Iridium.
International Communications Group of Newport News, Va., has developed a new “eRouter” series that it describes as “a new, intelligent data management system and communications access point that will be available in three different versions.
The baseline variant–ERT-100 and ERT-120–will perform data routing functions, while the ERT-140 also provides such enhanced features as VoIP, analog and digital telephony and data transfer improvements such as acceleration and compression.
ViaSat (Stand 838) has said its Yonder Internet service is the fastest available for in-flight communications, with an almost global coverage. Those regions still missing are to be added by 2014, according to the U.S. company.
Canadian aviation services center Flying Colours has been appointed an authorized reseller and installation facility for ViaSat, a Carlsbad, Calif.-based provider of satellite high-speed Internet equipment and services.
The agreement allows Flying Colours to promote and sell ViaSat’s VMT-1500 ship-set to its global client base. And Flying Colours has plenty of global aspirations.
Launch of the ViaSat-1 high-capacity, Ka-band, spot-beam satellite has been set for Wednesday, October 19 at 18:48 GMT from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan aboard a Russian Proton M launch vehicle. The satellite will enable the broadband multimedia Internet access that ViaSat, of Carlsbad, Calif., expects to provide over the next decade to meet an accelerating growth in airborne bandwidth demand.
ViaSat has completed the addition of its Yonder high-speed Internet coverage to Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and surrounding areas.
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