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SKYTRAC announced it will expand upon its partnership with GigSky to offer global cellular data coverage in over 200 countries to deliver mission-critical mobile data to the aviation enterprise. Originally ratified in September 2019, the partnership enables global 4G/LTE cellular network access for use with SKYTRAC’s Dynamic Air Link 200 (DAL-200) wireless communications and data download solution.
SKYTRAC now offers helicopter operators the ability to access the GigSky Enterprise Manager (GEM) application to enable intelligent connectivity solutions across the entire enterprise. The cellular data service can be used by tablet devices to support electronic flight bag (EFB) connectivity capabilities including accessing flight plans, weather reports, eTechLogs, and charting map updates. It also connects cabin crews and ground personnel, while simplifying accounting processes for operators by providing one invoice within the centralized GEM for easy management of and provision of data.
“This is a significant development as instead of operators utilizing and expensing personal or local SIM cards, an organization can now manage all their SIMs from one location, using one supplier and one giant pool of data for seamless global data connectivity,” said Ruben Stepin, director of GADSS and Airline Business Development for SKYTRAC.
Aviation enterprise organizations can select regional, global, or country-based plans through SKYTRAC to allow cellular connectivity, allowing uninterrupted access to data across international borders without burdensome roaming overages.
Enterprise SIM cards will be provided with the purchase of data plans to empower aerospace organizations to roam globally without the need for complicated contract negotiations. Operators will also have the option to enable data sharing for their fleet, allowing high-use aircraft to utilize a greater share of data as required.
In addition to seamless access to cellular data globally, the service also optimizes network speeds by auto-selecting the best performing national mobile network operator (MNO). Administrators also stand to benefit from having one point of contact in lieu of having to manage multiple international accounts and billing processes, increasing operational efficiencies both in the air and on the ground.