Iridium Communications Inc. announced SD as the newest Value Added Manufacturer (VAM) and Service Provider for Iridium Certus aviation products. SD will be designing and manufacturing new terminals for compatibility with Iridium Certus, while also providing the service directly to the business aviation community. The new products and services will be added to the SD Xperience portfolio, integrating with the company’s existing technology and software value-adds to enhance the end user experience.
Iridium Certus will integrate with existing SD hardware and software and solutions, including the SDR® Series and SD Hub Series of cabin routers, as well as the SD Pro® platform, to provide customers with features and capabilities like real-time data analytics, cyber security information, account management and more. This partnership will help extend the reach of our existing customer base by offering fully global L-band broadband coverage, while creating a complete, end-to-end customer experience for aviators. This latest announcement builds on the existing agreement between Iridium and COMSAT, which named COMSAT as the Iridium Certus service provider for U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) users in February this year.
Iridium Certus aviation customers will gain access to smaller hardware, faster speeds, competitive price packages and unmatched global coverage. The service will soon deliver the fastest L-band broadband speeds on the market and provide data speed options of up to 704 Kbps, and eventually as high as approximately 1.4 Mbps. For Iridium Certus aviation applications, commercial service introduction is expected in 2019, after completion of inflight trials.