Satcom Direct first in business aviation to be Jet ConneX ready

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Satcom Direct is the first business aviation communication provider to provision and validate its services over Inmarsat’s new Ka-band network. Expected to be available by the end of 2015, Jet ConneX will provide customers the fastest satellite data rates in business aviation, enhanced by Satcom Direct value added services.

Being the first in business aviation to prove our technologies over Inmarsat’s Ka-band network demonstrates that not only does Satcom Direct deliver what flight departments need now, we’re preparing for the future. -- Jim Jensen, Satcom Direct founder/CEO

Jet ConneX is the business aviation version of Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX) service which operates on the high-speed Inmarsat-5 (I-5) satellite constellation. When fully deployed, it will deliver global satellite communications services that support high data rate applications in flight, including streaming YouTube videos and Skype video calls, in real time.

To verify functionality of its aero network and software services over the I-5 network, Satcom Direct provisioned an Inmarsat Global Xpress Cobham land terminal. The test was conducted at its international headquarters in Farnborough, UK, via the initial satellite (F1) that is currently in service over Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

“The next generation satellite networks are going to advance airborne data speeds in a significant way. Being the first in business aviation to prove our technologies over Inmarsat’s Ka-band network demonstrates that not only does Satcom Direct deliver what flight departments need now, we’re preparing for the future so that when operators transition to these new networks, the value added services they utilize are in place,” said Jim Jensen, founder and CEO of Satcom Direct.

“Jet ConneX will offer travellers the same high standard of connectivity onboard private jets that has previously only been available on the ground. It’s a step change in business aviation in-flight connectivity and we are delighted that Satcom Direct has taken the lead by validating its services on our Global Xpress Ka-band network,” said Kurt Weidemeyer, VP of Business and General Aviation for Inmarsat Aviation.

Satcom Direct capabilities proven over the network include its industry first GlobalVT(service mark) which allows aircraft occupants to make and receive calls and SMS texts using their own number on their own smart phone at any altitude anywhere in the world. The test validated other services that are powered by its exclusive Satcom Direct Router (SDR trade mark), which enables advanced applications that improve airborne connectivity, security and efficiency.

Satcom Direct is also an authorized GX value added reseller for U.S. government aviation and enterprise.

Satcom Direct: Satcom Direct is the leading provider of satellite voice and broadband data solutions for flight deck and cabin communications serving business, military, government, and heads of state aircraft. The company is a premier Inmarsat Distribution Partner, Iridium Service Partner, and ViaSat Yonder's preferred reseller, supporting more than ninety percent of all corporate flight departments worldwide. Satcom Direct continues to advance its services through mobile applications and value adds – from flight deck datalink to cabin communications – making Satcom Direct the leader in aeronautical satcom service.

Satcom Direct’s headquarters and primary operations center is located in Satellite Beach, Florida, with additional office locations in the United States, Canada, UK, UAE, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Australia, Moscow, Russia, and Brazil. For more information regarding Satcom Direct, visit http://www.satcomdirect.com, e-mail sales(at)satcomdirect(dot)com, or call U.S. +1.321.777.3000 or UK +44.1252.554.460.

For more information regarding Satcom Direct, visit http://www.satcomdirect.com. To view Satcom Direct’s portable satellite communication equipment and services, including satellite phones and
BGAN units, visit http://www.satcomstore.com, e-mail mobileops@satcomdirect.com, or call +1.321.777.0771

Inmarsat: Inmarsat plc is the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services. Since 1979, Inmarsat has been providing reliable voice and high-speed data communications to governments, enterprises and other organizations, with a range of services that can be used on land, at sea or in the air. Inmarsat employs around 1,600 staff in more than 60 locations around the world, with a presence in the major ports and centres of commerce on every continent.

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