Thuraya has launched its first satellite aeronautical service, AviationComms, which aims to provide cost-effective voice communications for various types of aircraft.
The initial service offering is based on Thuraya’s compact narrowband terminal, providing voice, fax and 9.6 kilobits per second (Kbps) circuit switch data, as well as GmPRS data at speeds of up to 60 Kbps. The solution is already installed and operational onboard more than 200 helicopters and business jets.
Thuraya said it would offer an enhanced AviationComms portfolio and service later this year. The company also is currently developing a terminal that will provide data speeds of up to 444 Kbps in standard mode and up to 384 Kbps in streaming mode as well as voice and optional onboard GSM services. The terminal is scheduled for release in the fourth quarter.