Cobham to produce terminal for Inmarsat’s European Aviation Network

tInmarsat has signed an agreement with Cobham SATCOM (Cobham) whereby the latter will design and produce an advanced Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) terminal as part of Inmarsat’s European Aviation Network in-flight connectivity solution.ttThe solution will allow aircraft to switch automatically from Inmarsat’s satellite connectivity to a terrestrial component provided by Deutsche Telekom using an on-board network communicator without any interference to service delivery.ttCobham’s terminal will exploit Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) technology to enable a direct connection between aircraft and Inmarsat’s S-band satellite, which is currently being manufactured by Thales Alenia Space. As part of the agreement between the two companies, Cobham will update the BGAN ground infrastructure it originally established with Inmarsat to accommodate S-band operations.ttCommercial and business aircraft will then be able to offer in-flight Wi-Fi access to passengers across high-traffic flight paths in all 28 EU member states utilising Inmarsat’s 30MHz (2 x 15MHz) S-band spectrum allocation.ttLeo Mondale, president of Inmarsat Aviation, explained, “Although airlines have understood the importance of offering passengers advanced in-flight connectivity for some time, suitable technology has not been available to meet the needs of modern travellers until now. The European Aviation Network will be the first solution to provide consistent, reliable high quality broadband across Europe, even during peak hours and over busy flight paths.tt“We have a successful track record of working with Cobham SATCOM and are delighted to welcome them as the latest European partner on this ambitious project, alongside Deutsche Telekom and Thales Alenia Space. Together, we are supporting European aviation and helping to position Europe as the forefront of global technology innovation.”

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