Inmarsat Aand Alcatel-Lucent Partner Up

Inmarsat and Alcatel-Lucent have joined forced to develop a new telecommunications network aimed at delivering high-speed broadband services to aviation passengers across the European Union.

Inmarsat and Alcatel-Lucent have joined forced to develop a new telecommunications network aimed at delivering high-speed broadband services to aviation passengers across the European Union.

The partnership, which is scheduled to enter commercial service by the end of 2016, aims to produce the world’s first hybrid aviation network, consisting of an S-band satellite constructed by Thales Alenia Space and a Europe-wide S-band ground network.

Inmarsat will be offering airlines an in-flight broadband connectivity service with speeds of up to 75Mbps, “far in excess of the limited capabilities of North American ATG systems,” it says.

The firms have applied for licenses in all EU member states, and authorisation has already been received in 23 of these.

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