13 MARCH 2017

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Article from BTNews 13 MARCH 2017

Testing times for IAG

Mobile satellite communications provider Inmarsat last week named International Airlines Group (IAG) as the launch customer for its European Aviation Network (EAN) high-speed in-flight broadband service.

Inmarsat, which will operate the service jointly with its partner Deutsche Telekom, hailed the contract as “a flagship achievement in our Inmarsat’s strategy to revolutionise the on-board experience for airline passengers with purpose-built next-generation connectivity solutions”.

EAN allows European passengers to use personal devices for internet browsing, video streaming, gaming and other online services, with high-capacity and low-latency performance. 

“EAN’s robust and ultra-compact technology makes it uniquely qualified for the European airspace, where aircraft size, flight density and frequent aircraft manoeuvring are challenging to broadband satellite-only systems,” Inmarsat added.

The system is claimed to be the first in the world to integrate connectivity from a satellite, operated by Inmarsat, and a complementary LTE-based ground network, operated by Deutsche Telekom.

Inmarsat said IAG plans to equip in excess of 300 aircraft with EAN and aims to have 90% of its short-haul fleet complete by early 2019.

President Leo Mondale said: “Demand for in-flight broadband has never been stronger and our cutting-edge technology will remain the market’s gold standard for a long time to come.”

www.inmarsat.com

www.iairgroup.com

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