Users of eXchange Broadband Need Not Despair

Business Jet Traveler » December 2006
Friday, December 1, 2006 - 4:00am

Rockwell Collins will be able to continue providing satellite broadband network service to its eXchange business aircraft customers. The move comes thanks to a deal with Arinc that will bring eXchange into the SkyLink satellite network. The agreement fills the void left when Boeing announced earlier this year that it is discontinuing its Connexion satellite communication service, which had handled the eXchange traffic. The shift to SkyLink will allow eXchange subscribers access to data transfer and Ku-band satellite television programming.

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