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Inmarsat selects Cobham SATCOM for EU ATG terminal

Earth as seen from spaceInmarsat has signed an agreement with Cobham SATCOM to design and produce an advanced Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) terminal for its European Aviation Network high-speed inflight connectivity solution.

It says the “compact, lightweight and cost-effective terminal” will be a vital component in the European Aviation Network, which was unveiled earlier this month.

This is the first aviation passenger connectivity solution in Europe to combine an advanced satellite network, operated by Inmarsat, and 4G LTE-based ground network, operated by Deutsche Telekom.

Commercial and business airlines will be able to offer reliable, high-speed internet access to passengers during flights across the continent’s high-traffic flight paths, using Inmarsat’s 30MHz-wide S-band spectrum allocation in all 28 EU member states.

The European Aviation Network will allow aircraft to switch automatically from Inmarsat’s satellite connectivity to Deutsche Telekom’s terrestrial component using an onboard network communicator, without any impact or interference to service delivery.

The new terminal will exploit the latest advances in Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) technology to enable a direct connection between aircraft and Inmarsat’s S-band satellite, which is currently being manufactured by Thales Alenia Space.

Cobham SATCOM is also responsible for updating the Inmarsat BGAN ground infrastructure to accommodate S-band operation as part of its agreement with Inmarsat.

Leo Mondale, President of Inmarsat Aviation, said: “Although airlines have understood the importance of offering passengers advanced inflight connectivity for some time, suitable technology has not been available to meet the needs of modern travellers until now.

“The European Aviation Network will be the first solution to provide consistent, reliable high-quality broadband across Europe, even during peak hours and over busy flight paths.

“We have a successful track record of working with Cobham SATCOM and are delighted to welcome them as the latest European partner on this ambitious project, alongside Deutsche Telekom and Thales Alenia Space. Together, we are supporting European aviation and helping to position Europe as the forefront of global technology innovation.”

Inmarsat selects Cobham SATCOM for EU ATG terminal was last modified: February 16th, 2017 by Steve Nichols
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