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Inmarsat: “EAN not impacted by OneWeb/Galileo”

July 7, 2020

By Chris Forrester

The Inmarsat and Deutsche Telekom-developed European Aviation Network (EAN) is open to all aircraft including those registered or operating out of the UK as well as the other 27 European nations plus Norway and Switzerland.

A recent report suggested that there might be problems for a rival UK service to Europe’s Galileo satellite positioning system by OneWeb and accessing EAN. This is not the case.

The EAN system provides high-capacity satellite coverage with a complementary 4G LTE ground network to provide high-speed coverage over the whole of Europe and that EAN has no relationship to Galileo.

Designed specifically for high traffic flight paths and busy airport hubs, the network delivers over 50Gbps capacity, ensuring a reliable, in-the-air as on-the-ground broadband service, supporting streaming and other high bandwidth requirements. Transforming passenger experience, driving operational efficiency and opening new revenue streams for its customers, the European Aviation Network gives Europe’s aviation industry an edge over the rest of the world.

Initially combining Inmarsat’s multi-beam S-band satellite with approximately 300 Deutsche Telekom ground towers, it’s easily and cost-effectively scalable. Bandwidth multiplies rapidly by increasing the number and density of towers. So as other offering may struggle to match the pace of change, this network has Europe covered.

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