Business Wire

Inmarsat, Honeywell Launch World’s Fastest L-band Inflight Connectivity Service for Business Aviation

Share

Inmarsat and Honeywell are setting a new benchmark in satellite communications with the launch of SwiftJet, their latest inflight connectivity service for the business aviation industry. It will enter commercial service in the first half of 2023 and deliver the fastest ever speeds over L-band.

As one of the first new services to be introduced on Inmarsat’s ELERA satellite network, SwiftJet will offer seamless global coverage across flight routes with maximum speeds of 2.6Mbps, up to six times faster than Inmarsat’s existing business aviation connectivity solution over L-band. This will allow passengers to create a secure ‘office in the sky’ with enhanced capabilities for video calls, web browsing, email, texting, cloud-syncing and collaboration tools such as Microsoft Teams. Social media and video applications such as TikTok and YouTube, which were previously challenging over L-band, will also be enabled.

As the latest addition to Inmarsat’s market-leading portfolio of business aviation inflight connectivity services, SwiftJet will be available alongside Jet ConneX (JX) and SwiftBroadband (SBB), which have been activated on thousands of jets worldwide. JX is the most popular and widely-adopted premium, high-speed solution available today, powered by a global constellation of Ka-band satellites. Additionally, SBB offers speeds of 432Kbps over L-band using smaller antennas that are suitable as a secondary system to JX or as primary connectivity for smaller or older aircraft.

SwiftJet uses advanced hardware from Inmarsat’s partner Honeywell, which can be equipped on a broad range of aircraft and also supports cockpit and safety services. Existing customers of Inmarsat’s SBB service will benefit from a natural upgrade path without needing to replace any externally-mounted aircraft equipment, while new customers will experience the same ease of installation as with any Inmarsat L-band terminal. The service also creates new opportunities in the smaller jet market, which have previously been restricted to basic voice or text connectivity that fails to meet the needs of modern day travellers. It is available to pre-order through Honeywell, with additional incentives in an early adopter campaign.

Inmarsat is launching the ground-breaking service at a critical time for the business aviation industry. Following a period of turbulence over the past two years due to the global pandemic, a recent survey by Inmarsat and Corporate Jet Investor (CJI) found that almost 80% of respondents around the world believe more frequent business aviation flights will be taken in the next year. Furthermore, a staggering 90% feel that online activities will dominate the principals’ time in the air, split between business and leisure.

Kai Tang, Inmarsat’s Head of Business Aviation, said: “Inmarsat prides itself on delivering services that meet the unique and fast-evolving requirements of our customers. As the market leader in business aviation connectivity, Inmarsat developed SwiftJet in response to customer and partner feedback for a faster, more advanced L-band offering. They essentially asked us to amplify L-band capabilities without losing its trademark characteristics of resilience, reliability and availability.

“I am proud to say that SwiftJet delivers all of this and more, unlocking exciting new capabilities in the aircraft cabin and allowing users to connect more devices, and enjoy faster connectivity speeds, whenever and wherever they fly. It comes at a time when business aviation travel is not only returning to pre-pandemic levels, but also experiencing unprecedented demand for inflight connectivity.”

Adam Sheppard, Honeywell Aerospace’s Director of Aircraft Connectivity, said: “SwiftJet represents the latest leap forward for inflight connectivity, combining Inmarsat’s commercial satellite capabilities and Honeywell’s connected aircraft expertise to provide scalable, high-speed satellite communications to passengers at 40,000 feet. With Inmarsat we have created a straightforward upgrade path for SwiftBroadband customers, giving them easy access to unprecedented internet speeds over L-band without having to change wiring or antenna hardware.”

Inmarsat’s ELERA global satellite network delivers the world’s most reliable and flexible global connectivity, with full redundancy and unique resilience in all conditions. ELERA capabilities are being further enhanced with the addition of two Inmarsat-6 satellites, the largest and most sophisticated commercial communications satellites ever built, both of which are scheduled to enter service next year and will support SwiftJet through the 2030s, reinforcing the service’s long-term value. The L-band capacity on each I-6 satellite will be substantially greater than Inmarsat’s 4th generation spacecraft, delivering 50% more capacity per beam in addition to unlimited beam routing flexibility.

The I-6 series of satellites will also play a crucial role in the ongoing growth of Inmarsat’s unique ORCHESTRA dynamic mesh network, which will bring existing geosynchronous (GEO) satellites together with low earth orbit satellites (LEO) and terrestrial 5G to form an integrated, high-performance solution, unmatched by any existing or planned competitor offering.

ENDS

ABOUT INMARSAT

Inmarsat is the world leader in global, mobile satellite communications. It owns and operates the world’s most diverse global portfolio of mobile telecommunications satellite networks, and holds a multi-layered, global spectrum portfolio, covering L-band, Ka-band and S-band, enabling unparalleled breadth and diversity in the solutions it provides. Inmarsat’s long-established global distribution network includes not only the world’s leading channel partners but also its own strong direct retail capabilities, enabling end to end customer service assurance.

The company has an unrivalled track record of operating the world’s most reliable global mobile satellite telecommunications networks, sustaining business and mission critical safety & operational applications for more than 40 years. It is also a major driving force behind technological innovation in mobile satellite communications, sustaining its leadership through a substantial investment and a powerful network of technology and manufacturing partners.

Inmarsat operates across a diversified portfolio of sectors with the financial resources to fund its business strategy and holds leading positions in the Maritime, Government, Aviation and Enterprise satcoms markets, operating consistently as a trusted, responsive and high-quality partner to its customers across the globe.

For further information, follow us: Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | YouTube | Instagram.

ABOUT HONEYWELL

Honeywell Aerospace products and services are found on virtually every commercial, defense and space aircraft The Aerospace business unit builds aircraft engines, cockpit and cabin electronics, wireless connectivity systems, mechanical components and more. Its hardware and software solutions create more fuel-efficient aircraft, more direct and on-time flights and safer skies and airports. For more information, visit www.honeywell.comor follow us at @Honeywell_Aero

Honeywell (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 technology company that delivers industry-specific solutions that include aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings and industry; and performance materials globally. Our technologies help aircraft, buildings, manufacturing plants, supply chains, and workers become more connected to make our world smarter, safer, and more sustainable. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywell.com/newsroom

To view this piece of content from cts.businesswire.com, please give your consent at the top of this page.

Contact information

Contacts for media enquiries:

Jonathan Sinnatt/Matthew Knowles
Inmarsat Corporate Communications
Tel: +44 (0)20 7728 1518/1355
press@inmarsat.com

Robeel Haq
Inmarsat Aviation Head of Communications
+44 (0)20 7728 1352
robeel.haq@inmarsat.com

Juliet Collins-Achong
Honeywell
Tel: +44 7787 282932
juliet.collins-achong@honeywell.com

About Business Wire

Business Wire
Business Wire
24 Martin Lane
EC4R 0DR London

+44 20 7626 1982http://www.businesswire.co.uk

(c) 2018 Business Wire, Inc., All rights reserved.

Business Wire, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is the global leader in multiplatform press release distribution.

Subscribe to releases from Business Wire

Subscribe to all the latest releases from Business Wire by registering your e-mail address below. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Latest releases from Business Wire

Napster Outlines New Web3 Music Ecosystem29.6.2022 18:15:00 CEST | Press release

Napster Music Inc., the music streaming service, today announced the publication of its Litepaper V1 which outlines its plans to apply Web3 technology to its existing business and millions of users in order to improve how music makers, rights holders and fans can interact. A new entity, Napster Innovation Foundation, will be issuing $NAPSTER tokens using the Algorand blockchain protocol to streamline its existing platform functionality as well as open up new options for creating value around streaming music. "We’re entering the streaming-plus era of music, which is one of the few scaled business sectors where adoption of blockchain tech actually makes immediate sense for everyone,” said Emmy Lovell, Interim CEO of Napster. “People who make music, people who listen to it and those who own its IP all already depend heavily on technology. Web3 offers a chance to deepen, extend and improve the music ecosystem.” “Napster is a strong, self-sustaining business and an iconic brand,” said Matt

izzi Taps Verimatrix XTD and Streamkeeper to Protect Its Popular Media Apps, Endpoint29.6.2022 17:45:00 CEST | Press release

Regulatory News: Verimatrix, (Euronext Paris: VMX) (Paris:VMX), the leader in powering the modern connected world with people-centered security, today announced that izzi , a mexican telecommunications firm that offers the country’s popular izzi tv and izzi go services, is set to build upon its existing use of Verimatrix content protection and anti-piracy solutions with the addition of Streamkeeper as well as Extended Threat Defense (XTD) technologies to protect many of their fast-growing iOS, Android and web streaming services plus its Android set-top box services. With an ever-increasing customer base with millions of users throughout Mexico and a vast array of premium entertainment delivery platforms, izzi decided to expand its use of Verimatrix following success with its current VCAS and Multi-DRM deployments. Verimatrix XTD will soon be used to protect code within all of the company’s PayTV apps throughout all izzi platforms, while the company will also benefit from comprehensive

EIG Launches Chilean Renewables Platform, Grupo Cerro29.6.2022 17:00:00 CEST | Press release

EIG, an institutional investor to the global energy sector and one of the world’s leading infrastructure investors, today launched Grupo Cerro, a new renewable energy platform in Chile. The newly formed entity includes EIG-owned Cerro Dominador plants and the recently acquired ANPAC, the owner of a portfolio of 11 small and medium run-of-river hydroelectric power plants in the O’Higgins, El Maule, Bio Bio and La Araucania regions. The 110 MW ANPAC portfolio includes operating plants and projects at various stages of construction and development in both the spot and stabilized-tariff markets. Following the acquisition, Grupo Cerro now manages over 280 MW of installed capacity in Chile, including the Cerro Dominador Photovoltaic (PV) and Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plants. The group’s portfolio also includes several projects in advanced phases of construction and development, including the Likana Solar complex, one of the largest CSP projects in the world with a capacity of 690 MW, Pa

Trackforce Valiant Acquires TrackTik Software, Creates the World’s Largest Security Workforce Management Company29.6.2022 16:00:00 CEST | Press release

Trackforce Valiant, a leading provider of security workforce management solutions, today announced the acquisition of TrackTik Software, one of the most innovative and fastest growing cloud-based security workforce management providers. The combination of these two companies has created a new dominant market leader in providing visibility and control for the physical security workforce. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20220629005064/en/ “We are very excited to welcome TrackTik into the Trackforce Valiant family,” said Trevor Campion, CEO of Trackforce Valiant. “Now more than ever, we believe in the importance of providing the right security solutions for companies of all sizes and business needs. The addition of TrackTik enables us to provide a wide range of technology options that are purpose-built for the unique needs of physical security operations.” TrackTik was founded in 2013 with the mission of providing

Hy Stor Energy Strategic Partnership with Key Gulf Coast Port Becomes First to Deliver Renewable Hydrogen Access for Manufacturing, Industrial Applications, Port Operations and Long Duration Energy Storage29.6.2022 15:00:00 CEST | Press release

Hy Stor Energy LP (Hy Stor Energy), a company pioneering renewably produced green hydrogen and energy storage at scale in Mississippi, announced today a strategic partnership with the Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission (HCPHC) to provide zero-carbon, zero-methane hydrogen to Port Bienville Industrial Park and Stennis International Airport, accelerating the decarbonization of land, air, sea, and space. Through this partnership, Port Bienville will be the first port in the Gulf Region to integrate renewable hydrogen as a fuel into its operations. During the first phase of the partnership, the hydrogen hub is expected to produce an estimated 350 tons/day (320,000 kg/day) of renewable hydrogen and store more than 71,000 tons (69 million kg) of hydrogen in underground salt caverns. The existing Port Bienville infrastructure will expand to better enable decarbonization efforts and will be in a premium location to allow for new manufacturing of circular hydrogen infrastructure – the fi