Satcom1 implements Swift Broadband aggregation
Satcom1 has announced that it has been successful in implementing aggregation of dual Inmarsat Swift Broadband (SBB) high speed streaming channels (officially released last month) making it possible to better accommodate video conferencing, surveillance and live video in the air.
For years the highest end of business aviation has been on the search for the best available data speed in order to do business efficiently on the go. Up until now it has not been possible to watch streaming video services or any kind of live TV broadcasting during flight without significantly interfering with the fluidity of the experience, as the required bandwidth has not been available.
Karina B. Larsen, CEO said: "Aggregation is a tool that further enhances Satcom1’s vision of the office-in-the-sky concept. Until recently, aggregation has only been available within military bodies. Satcom1’s state-of-the-art solution is unique, offering higher Inmarsat data speed than any competitor in the business aviation industry."
Francois Goudal, R&D engineer said: "The implementation of aggregation of two Inmarsat SBB X-stream channels has been tested and implemented on an Airbus A320, and provides steady bandwidth levels of 900 kbps."
Inmarsat has been immensely impressed by the results, requesting Satcom1 to start testing aggregation of four channels. This testing is already under way and will be announced when ready for the market.
Cobham hardware has been used for all testing and has further provided four channel hardware for testing. In relation, the aggregation service is compatible with all SBB hardware manufactures.