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SAS for Inmarsat’s European Aviation Network will be in Greece

The satellite access station (SAS) at Nemea.

The satellite access station (SAS) at Nemea.

Inmarsat is to locate the Satellite Access Station (SAS) for its European Aviation Network (EAN) inflight connectivity solution in Greece.

The new SAS is under an agreement with OTE, the largest telecommunications provider in Greece and member of the Deutsche Telekom Group.

The development of the SAS in Nemea, Peloponnese, will be a key infrastructure milestone for the EAN, which was unveiled by Inmarsat last month as the first aviation passenger connectivity solution in Europe to combine an advanced satellite network and LTE-based ground network, the latter of which will be operated by Deutsche Telekom.

Aircraft will switch automatically between satellite and terrestrial connectivity using an onboard network communicator.

As a result, Inmarsat says airlines will be able to offer reliable, high-speed onboard internet access to passengers across Europe’s high-traffic flight paths, utilising Inmarsat’s 30MHz (2 x 15MHz) S-band spectrum allocation in all 28 EU member states.

The new SAS at Nemea will serve as a gateway for Inmarsat’s advanced S-band satellite, which is currently being manufactured by Thales Alenia Space, and a compact, lightweight Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) terminal being produced by Cobham SATCOM.

OTE will deliver and operate the satellite teleport facilities on the same site that has also hosted Inmarsat’s Ka-band Global Xpress (GX) satellite access station since 2012.

The SAS will contain a 13-metre antenna that provides feeder links to the satellite, a radio frequency sub-system and a radio access network, the latter of which will also be provided by Cobham SATCOM using Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) technology in sync with the MSS terminals.

Leo Mondale, President of Inmarsat Aviation, said: “The European Aviation Network is an important development for Inmarsat, for the aviation industry, and for Europe. Our agreement with OTE to develop the satellite access station, and previous announcements with other European partners such as Thales Alenia Space, Deutsche Telekom and Cobham SATCOM, highlight that the various components of this exciting project are coming together.

“OTE, as the existing operator of our Global Xpress SAS in Nemea, has already demonstrated its abilities as a successful and efficient supplier for Inmarsat. We are delighted to extend the partnership with our new EAN satellite access station, especially as the weather conditions in Nemea are optimal for high-quality feeder links.

“This is also a cost effective decision, as the investment and operational expenditure will be minimal, and there are many important operational efficiencies of providing both the GX and EAN service from the same site.”

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Inmarsat selects Cobham SATCOM for EU ATG terminal

Inmarsat/Lufthansa sign contract for inflight connectivity

Inmarsat European ATG network on track for 2017 deployment

SAS for Inmarsat’s European Aviation Network will be in Greece was last modified: February 16th, 2017 by Steve Nichols
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