Airbus Becomes First OEM to Install Suite of Satcom Direct Router (SDR), SD WiFi Hubs and GlobalVT

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The installation marks the first time that the SDR, two SD WiFi Hubs and SD’s GlobalVT will be integrated together, providing a complete cabin connectivity solution. The work was performed by Airbus Corporate Jet Centre (ACJC) in Toulouse, France, in an Airbus ACJ320.

We’re seeing increasing demand for our products on narrow- and wide-body aircraft. Chris Moore SD Chief Commercial Officer

The newly released SD WiFi Hub is a wireless access point that, when installed together with the SDR in large cabin aircraft, expands capability and enhances connectivity performance – such as allowing the internet to be used to make telephone calls. The Hubs adds additional interfaces where needed, simplifying the installation and improving Wi-Fi coverage in the cabin. The Hubs also support high-definition media products and applications for all passengers, eliminating buffering and gaps in cabin coverage by providing up to an additional 900 Mbps data rates to the cabin with both 2.4 and 5 Ghz 802.11n radios. At 1-inch high, the SD WiFi Hub has the smallest and lightest form factor in aviation, which also contributes to the ease of installation.

The SDR provides the gateway to the full spectrum of SD’s value-added services for the cabin including GlobalVT, which allows passengers to use their smartphones in-flight with their own number and caller ID. The SD products allow for optimum performance of smartphones, laptops and tablets during flight. Passengers can make and receive calls, text, and email, connect to the internet and stream data - items that are often imperative in corporate jets.

“We’re seeing increasing demand for our products on narrow- and wide-body aircraft. Clients choose SD not only for the performance and reliability of our products, but also because of our ongoing technical support. Many passengers rely on connectivity in the air so it needs to be robust, reliable and resilient. With this suite, Airbus is assured of providing a state-of-the-art solution to these needs,” said Chris Moore, SD Chief Commercial Officer.

About Satcom Direct: Satcom Direct (SD) provides global connectivity solutions for business and general aviation, military, government, and heads of state aircraft, as well as operations in areas with connectivity limitations such as remote locations, large scale events, and disaster recovery. SD is a technology innovator. Since 1997, its teams have worked to advance the technology of connectivity, making SD the first in the marketplace to deliver numerous advancements and capabilities. The company is a premier Inmarsat Distribution Partner (including Jet ConneX), Iridium Service Partner, ViaSat preferred reseller, and the Exclusive Service Provider for SmartSky Networks.

SD World Headquarters and primary operations center is located in Melbourne, Florida, with additional office locations in the United States, Canada, UK, UAE, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Australia, Russia, Brazil, and South Africa.

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