International Communications Group (ICG) is partnering with Cobham Antenna Systems to offer an aircraft system for global voice and Swift Broadband (SBB) data. Dubbed Sora (Japanese for “sky”), the package provides voice and data communications through the Inmarsat network and the Iridium satellite constellation.
Sora integrates an ICG NxtLink 220A communication system and its NxtMail Server with a Cobham SBB Satcom terminal. “Sora enables Wi-Fi devices such as Blackberries, iPhones and personal computers to operate on the high speed SBB channel, and in-plane handsets provide the cabin and crew with worldwide voice,” said Jeff Saucedo, ICG’s vice president of OEM Sales. “Sora also makes it possible for Cobham to offer worldwide voice and cockpit data-link connections to its customers.”