SOURCE: Vizada



March 16, 2011 07:00 ET

Vizada Introduces Seamless IP Mobility With AviLink(SM)

Real-World Flight Trial Confirms High Performance for Mission-Critical Applications

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - March 16, 2011) - Vizada, the world's largest independent satellite communications provider, and its technology partner ARINC collaborated last week to validate AviLink performance in an airborne environment. AviLink is a custom-designed capability that provides fully managed, automated handovers between Ku and L-band coverage areas for high-demand, mission-critical applications in flight, on land or at sea. The capability was first developed to meet the needs of a U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) contract in 2010 and is now being offered to additional military, government and commercial customers.

Testing was performed on the ground and in rain darkened skies using commercial Ku-band capacity on the SES World Skies AMC-3 satellite with the iDirect Government Technologies (iGT) e8350 DVB/S2 compliant modem and a 17-inch airborne antenna mounted on a Sierra Nevada Corporation provided King Air 300 aircraft. In addition to confirming the system's ability to peak IP data rates in excess of 2 Mbps off the aircraft, AviLink intelligence was used to demonstrate its ability to concurrently stream high-quality color and IR video to the ground while passengers onboard watched streaming video, completed toll quality voice calls, downloaded multi-megabyte files and sent and received emails through their corporate VPNs. These flight trials verified AviLink's ability to provide continuous communications from gate to gate, at speeds up to 330 kTAS and during aggressive aircraft maneuvers with up to 60 degree banks.

"Vizada's partners and their customers are demanding more reliable, higher throughput services," said Bob Baker, CEO of Vizada Americas. "AviLink provides our customers with the performance and flexibility they need to meet their mission critical requirements. This is the most recent example of how Vizada is evolving its portfolio."

AviLink is a new capability that allows customers to maintain connectivity over much larger geographical areas than with traditional SATCOM solutions. Its patented IP Mobility delivers global, always-on, Beyond-Line-of-Sight (BLOS) broadband connectivity. IP sessions, phone calls and video streams are maintained as customers move between Ku and L-band coverage areas. AviLink also delivers access to secure gateways such as the DOD's SIPRNet and NIPRNet, enabled with FIPS compliant components. The service relies on Vizada's iDirect-enabled teleport infrastructure and the ubiquitous, MPLS-enabled ARINC Global Network.

"AviLink addresses the two things our customers need most -- secure broadband communications and constant coverage," said Lorne Caddick, VP for Advanced System Engineering, ARINC. "With our combined expertise and history, ARINC and Vizada deliver a powerful capability that public and private sector organizations can count on to see them through their most important missions."

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Vizada is the worldwide leading independent provider of global satellite communications, with more than $700 million in 2009 revenue, and more market share on more satellite networks than any other satellite communications provider in the world. Vizada customers include commercial, military and business aircraft, merchant shipping vessels, emergency response teams, government and military units, news gathering organizations, and Fortune 500 companies. Vizada offers fixed and mobile communications services using multiple satellite network operators, including, Eutelsat, Inmarsat, Intelsat, Iridium, Loral, New Skies, SES Americom and Thuraya. Gateway access to these networks is made possible through the Vizada Global Teleport Network -- five state-of-the-art facilities strategically positioned around the world. Vizada also provides Vizada Solutions™, leading edge technologies for IP & networking, messaging, business tools, prepaid solutions, fixed2mobile services and secure communications. Vizada has regional centers of operation located in Washington D.C., United States for the Americas and Paris, France for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia.

ARINC Incorporated
ARINC Incorporated (, a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group (, provides communications, engineering and integration solutions for commercial, defense and government customers worldwide. Headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland with regional headquarters in London and Singapore, ARINC is ISO 9001:2008 certified.

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