Thursday, 19 Apr 2018
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High-speed internet on European planes arrives, thanks to the launch of a new satellite

Boeing 787 booth photo (illustration image). – SCOTT OLSON / GETTY PICTURES NORTH AMERICA / AFP
Will we finally be able to surf the internet in the air? This is already the case for a few privileged passengers . In a few weeks, this should be possible for all passengers on European flights. Inmarsat announced Monday the launch of a new satellite in partnership with Deutsche Telekom, intended to offer a high-speed service in aircraft.

Companies British Airways Aer Lingus, Iberia and Vueling, via their parent company, the International Airlines Group (IAG), signed a contract in March 2017 to be customers of the launch of the EAN system. Inmarsat and Deutsche Telekom “will now be able to combine the Internet in flight via satellite with a terrestrial network and make broadband in airplanes a reality for regional aircraft,” says Inmarsat in a statement.

Both partners got the green light from the Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications and Posts (ARCEP) for the use of ground stations on French territory that will increase the capacity of the satellite Inmarsat S-Band launched in June 2017.

Airbus signed the agreement

TDF is the French partner of this program whose terrestrial network consists of three hundred stations installed in all the countries of the European Union as well as in Switzerland and Norway. “EAN will provide European airline passengers with wireless access with unprecedented reliability and speed,” said Philip Balaam, president of Inmarsat Aviation.

“The goal is to transform the passenger experience and revolutionize the short-haul economic model by releasing additional ancillary revenue streams for airlines – advertising, sponsorship, e-commerce, not to mention increased passenger loyalty, “he added.

The group emphasizes that Airbus signed an agreement to facilitate the installation of EAN on all its A320 aircraft. Groups like Thales and Nokia joined the program.

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