Avanti cracks Airbus for connectivity

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London-based Avanti Communications has signed what they describe as a “significant” contract with Airbus, Israel-based GetSAT and Global RadioData Communications (GRC) to deliver hardware, training and support for GetSAT’s Microsat terminals on Avanti airtime, and “allowing users to access high-speed voice and data in some of the most challenging environments on the planet” according to a statement.

The Avanti solution was selected following extensive trials by Airbus and GRC together with the customer, ensuring terminals were robust enough and able to provide the required Committed Information Rate (CIR) to the user, on a high-throughput service using Ka-band satellite capability.

Incorporating GRC’s mag-mount system, the Microsat can be securely mounted as a walk-on-fit, without permanent vehicle modifications, allowing users to be connected within minutes and be moved between vehicles as required.

Richard Budd, Head of the UK & US Secure Communications business at Airbus, said: “Providing this high-throughput SatCom on the Move capability is an exciting and innovative development. This capability will ensure that users can enjoy hi-speed data rates while on the move. Our experts work together with the end-users to ensure requirements are fully met reinforcing our long running services partnerships.”

Airbus and GRC will also deliver a full training package to users in addition to ongoing 24/7 support offered through its experienced and trusted engineering teams.

Steve Slater, MD/GRC said “This contract means a lot to GRC and its staff who as an SME are delighted to be delivering a significant and much needed capability. The terminals being delivered are also suitable for maritime use and therefore are able to fit wider needs.”

Donald Walker, Director of Government Sales/Avanti: “We’ve worked hard with GRC and Get SAT to prove that Avanti’s high throughput Ka-band satellites and these very small terminals can deliver genuine capability enhancements to critical end user groups.  We’re delighted to add this Land and Maritime “Satellite on The Move” capability into our portfolio.”

Sharon Shlomo, Get SAT’s VP sales added: “The collaboration with GRC and Avanti is very important to Get SAT and brings to the end users, not only the terminals but a turn key solution for Satcom wherever and whenever they need bandwidth over Ka-band.”


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