Rockwell, ARINC Reintroduce Broadband Service
Rockwell Collins and ARINC said yesterday they have entered into an agreement to reintroduce the former's eXchange broadband connectivity service using ARINC's SKYLink satellite network. Rockwell's eXchange provides real time, two-way broadband connectivity of up to 3.5 Mbps to the aircraft and, when coupled with the SKYLink satellite service, customers aboard equipped aircraft will have access to the Internet and corporate intranet (VPN), e-mail, a flat-rate Voice over IP (VoIP) global telephone service, videoconferencing capability and more. Under the two companies' agreement, Rockwell Collins will supply airborne broadband hardware and after-sales support, while ARINC SKYLink will provide the Ku-band satellite service. ARINC also will continue to provide SKYLink system sales and support until the transition to Rockwell Collins eXchange hardware is completed. Coverage for eXchange using the SKYLink service is currently available in North America and Europe, with North Atlantic coverage to be added soon. Further international coverage expansion is planned for the Caribbean and portions of South and Central America.
"We look forward to delivering on our promise to provide fast, efficient connectivity solutions to the business jet market segment with this agreement," said Tommy Dodson, vice president and general manager, Cabin Systems for Rockwell Collins. "This agreement will significantly enhance the SKYLink service offering on a global basis," stated Stephen Means, ARINC vice president, Aviation Solutions. "Rockwell Collins adds additional OEM distribution channels for the eXchange airborne broadband connectivity hardware, along with the world class after-sales support that our customer base expects."