Posted on: 09 October 2015 by Mark Howells
Alcatel-Lucent is providing Deutsche Telekom with a complete LTE network for the provision of the first commercial hybrid LTE and satellite European network for airplane passengers – the first in the world to use LTE.
Alcatel-Lucent will deploy its Radio Access Network (RAN) technology using customised remote radio heads (RRHs) and the IP Mobile Core as well as network operations and field service support.
The system will complement Inmarsat’s S-band satellite services.
Wilhelm Dresselhaus, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent Germany and head of the Deutsche Telekom sales account at Alcatel-Lucent, said, “For years, flying has been a communications black-out leaving both business and personal travellers alike feeling out of touch when in the air. We are proud to be an integral technology provider for Deutsche Telekom’s LTE-based ground network effort by adapting our LTE RAN solution to the Inmarsat S-band spectrum. Together, we are able to provide travellers in Europe with high-speed data connectivity in the air.”
Passengers will be able to use their Wi-Fi enabled personal mobile devices to enjoy mobile data access using the seamless transition between the LTE ground network and the satellite network.
Deutsche Telekom and Alcatel-Lucent have previously conducted test flights of the LTE-based network and are working with Inmarsat, a leading global satellite communications provider, which will operate LTE in the S-band. Deutsche Telekom and Inmarsat recently announced a strategic partnership for the European Aviation Network to develop and commercially roll-out the network in Europe with a test flight program planned for the hybrid LTE and satellite network in 2017.