Bombardier has announced that testing and validation for its Wireless Access Virtually Everywhere (WAVE) inflight internet connectivity and productivity solution is nearing completion, following multiple successful tests on its Global aircraft experimental testbed.
WAVE will provide worldwide coverage, except for at the North and South Poles. Bombardier says the service will offer fast speeds and enable passengers to stage a video conference, browse the internet or stream online shows high above land and water, as seamlessly as they would on the ground.
Bombardier WAVE features a wide range of service packages and comes available on new Global 5000, Global 6000, Global 7000 and Global 8000 aircraft. It is also available as a retrofit option for Global Express, Global Express XRS, Global 5000 and Global 6000 aircraft. Bombardier’s network of wholly owned service centers will offer the first retrofit packages in 2016, followed by progressive availability within the broader authorized service facility network.
Bombardier WAVE leverages Honeywell Aerospace’s JetWave hardware and Inmarsat’s JetConneX solution. Jet ConneX is powered by Inmarsat’s next-generation Ka-band satellite constellation, which has steerable beams that can boost bandwidth in high traffic areas and direct capacity.
November 23, 2015