Confused about in-flight connectivity?

In-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) experts are well aware of all the connectivity options on the market and all the services that air-to-ground (ATG), L-band, Ku-band and Ka-band satellite-based solutions are capable of supporting.

But what about everybody else? There is a lot of confusion out there. Helping to clarify the situation are connectivity stakeholders Arinc and Iridium.

The first slide below, from Arinc, shows us the multiple connectivity options out there (Ka-band-based solutions are still being developed).

The second slide, from Iridium, gives us an idea of where each option falls in terms of data speeds, although I’d imagine some folks might take a slightly different view.

Note to the uninitiated – Classic, Swift64 and SwiftBroadband operate over Inmarsat L-band satellites. Arinc, AeroMobile and OnAir are among the service providers using L-band-based connectivity to support their solutions. Aircell operates an air-to-ground service, while Panasonic Avionics and Row 44 are bringing Ku-band-based offerings to market.

Does that help?

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Iridium slide.JPG

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2 Responses to Confused about in-flight connectivity?

  1. Anon April 28, 2010 at 9:58 am #

    There are lies, blatant lies and then there is PowerPoint.

    Iridium OpenPort is in reality a multi-channel Iridium system which gives between 9.6 and 128kbps through one antenna/system.

    Swift64 can have between 1 and 4 channels over one antenna/system giving 256kbps before you add any of the technologies that bring the throughput towards the 1mbit mark.

    SwiftBroadband can have two channels today and 4 as of 2013 over one antenna/system.

  2. Mark April 28, 2010 at 5:47 pm #

    The Iridium chart did no justice to Ka and Ku band data speeds. They are way low.