Posted on: 21 July 2016 by Ross McSweeny
Thales has signed a development and manufacturing agreement with AceAxis, under which the latter will adapt its remote radio head (RRH) design for use as part of Inmarsat’s European Aviation Network (EAN) in-flight connectivity solution.
The AceAxis RRH will be a key component in the EAN’s Complementary Ground Component (CGC) terminal which is being developed and manufactured by Thales.
“The CGC terminal we are developing will be fitted onto aircraft to provide a crucial link with the LTE-based ground network, and the system will switch automatically between satellite and terrestrial connectivity to provide a seamlessly optimised broadband service to passengers, wherever they are flying within Europe,” remarked David Williams, procurement director, Avionics, Thales.
“Our RRH platform has proven performance and reliability in LTE networks around the world,” explained Steve Cooper, CEO of AceAxis. “Our established radio development platform strategy enables AceAxis to rapidly create new products to exacting standards using industry proven designs. This was a significant factor for Thales in selecting Ace Axis to supply such a critical part of their ecosystem for this advanced system.”
The European Aviation Network is expected to enter service during 2017.