European Aviation Network one step closer to launch

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Deutsche Telekom flags at its HQ. in Germany is the force behind the European Aviation Network.
Deutsche Telekom first tested inflight 4G LTE a few years ago.

The European Aviation Network is one step closer to launch with the first LTE antennas having been installed in in Hampshire in the South of England.

EAN is the world’s first combined high-speed network for the airspace above Europe.

Deutsche Telekom (DT) leads the project jointly with Inmarsat, the industry leader and pioneer of mobile satellite communications.

The partners are working together to enable high-speed internet access on board as the EAN seamlessly combines satellite connectivity from a new Inmarsat S-band satellite with an LTE-based ground network developed and run by DT.

European Aviation Network ground network

The EAN ground network will consist of approximately 300 sites across Europe, where the special antennas will be installed. We will use already existing locations and will be working with current partners wherever possible.

In England, for example, independent infrastructure provider Wireless Infrastructure Group provides access to its towers and T-Systems UK make significant contributions to that work.

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By mid-2017, passengers will be able to enjoy high-speed internet for work or entertainment, using apps, reading e-mails, or playing online games. The foundation stone is now laid:

The first three antennas of the first site of this innovative solution are installed, and work will continue in the UK and elsewhere in Europe.

DT has been looking at 4G LTE inflight connectivity for some time. “Get Connected’s” Steve Nichols first wrote about some DT’s LTE flight tests about three years ago.

Successful tests using a direct-air-to-ground communication system proved that a solution based on LTE, the fourth generation mobile broadband access technology, could be highly attractive.

As an alternative to current satellite solutions, LTE technology could be a more efficient, cost-effective solution for continental flights, offering high-speed connections for passengers via onboard Wi-Fi and onboard cellular services.

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