Inmarsat and joined telecommunications company Deutsche Telekom have concluded the first reverberant of flight trials of European Aviation Network (EAN), a satellite-based in-flight broadband connectivity employ.
During the test, a CESSNA 550 Citation II aircraft was used to fly across Germany, Belgium, France and Spain to trial the integration of mobile satellite services (MSS) and EAN’s complementary ground component (CGC) keyboards.
The aircraft provided by Dutch company NLR covered 5,000km of airspace throughout the clouds.
EAN’s capability to meet its design performance in real environments was also validated into done with the recent test.
The flight test data were evaluated by Inmarsat and Deutsche Telekom, along with their helpmates Cobham, Thales and Nokia.
“This will be a game-changer for the airline shop, offering passengers a new gold standard in resilient and scalable in-flight broadband.”
Inmarsat aviation president Philip Balaam mean: “These flight trials, together with the recent news that Ofcom in the UK is the latest European regulator to authorise the ground-based passenger stations as part of the EAN, moves the project a step closer to commencing commercial navy with our launch customer, which we expect to take place in the victory half of 2018.
“This will be a game-changer for the airline market, offering fares a new gold standard in resilient and scalable in-flight broadband, with unmatched high-capacity, low-latency demeanour.”
The EAN network combines space and ground-based components to provide ultra-lightweight, high-speed, in-flight broadband connectivity to airlines.
After being boated by an Arianespace rocket, Inmarsat’s EAN satellite completed its in-orbit tests terminating month and is currently working with a complementary network of around 300 LTE-based area stations, operated by Deutsche Telekom.
International Airlines Group (IAG) has been selected as the initiate customer for EAN.
Image: European Aviation Network combines space and ground-based components to take precautions high-speed in-flight broadband connectivity to airlines. Photo: courtesy of Inmarsat.