Together with satellite operator Inmarsat, we will provide airline passengers in Europe with even better internet access on airline flights. We are currently establishing the European Aviation Network (EAN) within the scope of a strategic partnership with additional partners. EAN is the first integrated solution worldwide that consists of a satellite and a complementary LTE-based ground network. Other partners are telecommunications company Nokia and aerospace specialist Thales.
Deutsche Telekom and Nokia completed the project’s ground network at the start of 2018: 300 antenna locations were installed and the network was connected. At the same time, Inmarsat and Thales completed the satellite test in orbit. Following successful flight tests, the EAN service is now functional.
Our first customer, airline group IAG, has equipped multiple airplanes with EAN hardware and performed an internal pilot project. The EAN service is slated to be commercially available for passengers starting in the spring of 2019. The Europe-wide introduction of EAN for the entire IAG fleet is planned for 2019.