Inmarsat brings high speed data access to air travellers

Inmarsat, a global mobile satellite communications company announced the availability of a new solution that brings high-speed data services to airline travellers through its newly launched solution, Swift 64.

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By  Vijaya George Published  January 2, 2002

Inmarsat, a global mobile satellite communications company announced the availability of a new solution that brings high-speed data services to airline travellers through its newly launched solution, Swift 64. This technology allows Mobile ISDN or mobile packet data connection to airlines by using the existing antenna on 80% of modern wide body long haul jets.

“Swift 64 brings to reality the vision of the in-flight entertainment industry that needed broadband communication capabilities,” said Samer Halawi, regional director of Inmarsat. “The prospect of taking the communications, entertainment, and IT capabilities to the aircraft seat has generated a number of spectacular plans involving multi-billion dollar satellite systems.”

The Inmarsat Swift64 platform utilises aircraft communications infrastructure to provide fast email and Internet access, video conferencing facilities and file transfer capability to aircraft passengers. It uses existing antenna and satellite communication avionics already onboard modern long haul jets, thereby keeping costs down.

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