The first of its kind worldwide, the European Aviation Network combines high capacity satellite coverage with a complementary 4G LTE ground network to provide high-speed connectivity across all 28 European Union states.
Designed specifically for high-traffic flight paths and busy airport hubs, the network delivers over 50Gbps capacity. This means passengers can enjoy a reliable high bandwidth broadband service in the air that matches their expectations on the ground.
Transforming the passenger experience, driving operational efficiency and opening new revenue streams for airlines, the European Aviation Network gives Europe’s aviation industry an edge over the rest of the world.
With European air traffic forecast to double over the next decade, the European Aviation Network is designed to grow capacity to match accelerating demand. Initially combining Inmarsat’s multi-beam S-band satellite with approximately 300 Deutsche Telekom ground towers, it’s easily and cost-effectively scalable. Bandwidth multiplies rapidly by increasing the number and density of towers and so gives us the opportunity for flexibility to meet the pace of change in the future.
On board, an economical equipment package is available for every aircraft type. Planes will carry terminals to connect with both the satellite and ground network to ensure seamless transition. With low installation and maintenance costs, and lightweight, low drag antennas so small they fit in a pocket, it all adds up to a solution that has very competitive operational costs compared to other solutions.
The European Aviation Network project is a unique multi-national initiative. It’s the result of a partnership between Inmarsat and Deutsche Telekom, two of Europe’s most innovative companies, both recognised experts in connectivity services. With development progressing as scheduled and successful ground tests already complete, the European Aviation Network looks set to enter commercial service during 2017.
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