Kontron has announced that Inmarsat will deploy its equipment as part of the airborne segment for the new European Aviation Network (EAN).
Inmarsat’s EAN is a connectivity solution designed specifically to meet the needs of airlines and their passengers across the busy traffic routes of Europe.
EAN will be delivered through S-band satellite connectivity, combined with a 4G Air-to-Ground (ATG) terrestrial network.
This hybrid solution will provide the optimal broadband service to airline passengers and cabin crew over Europe and adjoining airspace.
The ATG is being delivered through a partnership between Inmarsat and Deutsche Telekom.
Kontron will provide the hardware products necessary to implement the cabin Wi-Fi network onboard the aircraft, and will host Inmarsat’s application software for optimised Internet connectivity and network management.
Additional entertainment and operational features are planned as the system is rolled out.
The products to be installed include the company’s ACE Flight 4608 airborne server.
In addition, Inmarsat and Kontron plan to collaborate on future development of next-generation technologies for the In-flight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFEC) market.
Peter Ansbro, Inmarsat’s VP Aviation Service Delivery and Assurance, said: “Inmarsat selected Kontron for the EAN program based on a proven track record in the IFE&C market, and its ability to meet Inmarsat’s needs in terms of advanced server processing power.
”The fact that it is a well-known European-based corporation with significant regional footprint and existing relationships is an added benefit.”
Jim Vandesteeg, Head of Avionics Business Line at Kontron, added: “The Inmarsat EAN is expected to be a game changer for European airlines, and we are pleased to be part of this exciting programme.
“The Kontron ACE Flight 4608 will be the first eight-core airborne server to be deployed, and Inmarsat will be the initial customer due to their significant processing requirements.”