Posted on: 05 May 2016 by Mark Howells
Thales has chosen Sequans Communications’ LTE chipset technology to power LTE access devices for aircraft as part of the European Aviation Network (EAN) in-flight connectivity solution.
The LTE access devices, called complementary ground component (CGC) terminals, will be fitted onto aircraft flying over Europe and will connect to the ground-based 3GPP LTE Network. Sequans’ solution supports key adaptations specifically designed to support the in-flight application, including high-speed profiles, high-transmitted power, and extended cell size support.
“We selected Sequans’ LTE chip technology for the CGC terminals because the LTE Release 10 technology is a mature solution that matches Thales’ needs and we were impressed with the reliability and performance of Sequans’ LTE chip technology,” remarked David Williams, procurement director of avionics, Thales. “Sequans’ work in adapting their technology to meet the exacting requirements of the EAN project should result in a powerful in-flight user device.”
Development work on the EAN is scheduled for completion in March 2017 with system trials and commercial service to follow.