Posted on: 19 February 2016 by Mark Howells
After announcing the launch of the European Aviation Network (EAN) with Inmarsat in September 2015, Deutsche Telekom (DT) has announced it’s identified the first of the 300 LTE antenna sites in the south-west of the United Kingdom.
tFrom here, DT says the project will go from strength to strength, with the first test flights scheduled to trial the service before the end of this year. The next step is a commercial pilot due to begin in March 2017, followed by further coverage extensions in Germany and large parts of Western Europe by mid-2017. Full coverage across Europe is then expected by early 2018, when the commercial launch for EAN is planned.ttClaudia Nemat, Board member, Europe and Technology for DT, remarked, “We made a promise to deliver together with our partner Inmarsat the world's first hybrid network dedicated to aviation passenger connectivity in Europe with a customer experience similar to the comfort of high-speed broadband at home. We already started with the preparations for the trials now to deliver upon this ambitious technological challenge.tt“We will roll out our new LTE network across multiple countries in parallel, supported by Deutsche Telekom's national companies and our local T-Systems business units, as we deliver another cutting-edge service to customers in Europe,” Nemat continues. “A speedy implementation is important to us and in this regard, we are benefiting from our broad international footprint and many years of experience in international and cross-functional cooperation across the Group.”t