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From left: Thorsten Robrecht (Nokia), Rolf Nafziger (DT), Frederik van Essen (Inmarsat Aviation) From left: Thorsten Robrecht (Nokia), Rolf Nafziger (DT), Frederik van Essen (Inmarsat Aviation)

European Aviation Network set to go Online

Inmarsat, Deutsche Telekom and Nokia have completed the development of European Aviation Network (EAN), the world’s first integrated S-band satellite and complementary LTE-based terrestrial network built for Europe.

It provides seamless connectivity over land and water, and offers a high bandwidth service to passengers, currently over 75 Mbit/s connection speed to the aircraft, as airlines using the service do not share network capacity with any non-aviation customers.

Airlines will be able to install the small and light-weight EAN equipment quickly and easily, typically during overnight breaks for individual aircraft and turnaround times for entire fleets of just a few months.

International Airlines Group, which includes airlines such as British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus and Vueling, is the launch customer for the new service and has already commenced installing EAN equipment on aircraft.