29 JULY 2019
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Claimed to be the fastest inflight broadband service on the continent, the European Aviation Network (EAN) is now being offered by airlines to more than 30,000 passengers a day. Clients include IAG & Lufthansa Group.
The system is a hybrid-network built by Deutsche Telekom and Inmarsat in cooperation with Nokia as technological partner.
Now in a “soft launch” phase with initial airline customers, it allows users to browse the internet, stream videos, check social media, enjoy real-time interactive gaming and more seamlessly during flights.
Backers say it can already be accessed on more than 100 routes from destinations including London, Madrid, Barcelona, Athens, Lisbon, Prague, and Vienna. Almost 2m passengers have so far travelled on EAN flights.
Inmarsat Aviation president Philip Balaam said: “EAN has established an unprecedented new benchmark for inflight broadband, not only in Europe but on a global basis.
“It combines the expertise of Europe’s most innovative companies to provide best-in-class connectivity unmatched by any other solution.
“We have been working with our initial airline customers to monitor and fine-tune the service before it’s rolled out on their wider fleets and we are extremely pleased with the initial response from the airlines and passengers.”
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