Developed in partnership with leading mobile connectivity and aviation innovators, the European Aviation Network (EAN) is the world’s first integrated satellite and ground network to provide true broadband experience across the skies of Europe. It combines a state-of-the-art S-band satellite, provided by Inmarsat, with an innovative ground-based LTE component built by Deutsche Telekom.
At Deutsche Telekom, we have proven our ability to build the best LTE-based networks on the ground. Providing high-speed access in the sky is a natural extension of our strategy. That’s why we’ve now adapted our LTE technology for the skies above Europe – to provide passengers with a broadband experience similar to what they experience at home.
The European airspace sees an average of 22,500 flights per day and more than 500 million passengers per year. To cope with this volume, we created a solution specifically designed to meet the requirements of the European market – with large numbers of short-haul flights demanding high capacity and robust connectivity.
Unprecedented internet experience for passengers in Europe
For Europe’s congested airspace, our integrated satellite and LTE-based ground network solution provides many unique benefits. EAN’s ground component adds vast amounts of capacity for exclusive use in aviation. Its high speed and unprecedented low latency, paired with carrier-grade service quality creates a true airborne broadband experience for the passengers.
Fast and affordable network scalability for aircraft and passenger growth
EAN meets passenger demand for true in-flight broadband, with consistent quality of service in the air and on the ground. That means travellers can enjoy messaging, social media and high-bandwidth applications like web browsing, video streaming and VPN access while they fly. Finally, EAN is a future-proof choice for Europe’s airlines: the network scales easily, allowing us to meet the ever-rising demand from growing numbers of aircraft, passengers and expectations..
EAN outperforms classical satellite solutions in many ways. Find out more in the table below! It compares EAN’s performance with the best satellite-only solutions in terms of bandwidth, scalability, latency, installation, weight and drag.
Designed in Europe – The European Aviation Network
Engineered for high-density air space and developed by European companies, EAN consists of two main components. The first is the MSS satellite from Inmarsat, which covers Europe and the surrounding oceanic regions. The second is the complementary ground network of Deutsche Telekom, which provides the required high capacity in areas with extensive air traffic.
Mission completed: Thanks to a pioneering project, we have built it!
In less than 24 months we have rolled-out almost 300 specially adapted LTE sites to create a completely new, powerful, pan-European, LTE-based network covering 30 countries. This pioneering work removes the technical limitations of inflight connectivity and delivers true high-speed broadband internet in the sky for the first time – enabling an all-new user experience!
The complementary ground network of about 300 LTE antenna sites are now in place across Europe. The sites were sometimes challenging to install, often surrounded by spectacular scenery and always interesting to hear about. Here are a collection of unique stories, fascinating photographs and exciting information.
Connectivity knows no borders! For Europe, integrated satellite and ground-based LTE technology provides the best solution on the market, especially regarding the benefits LTE technology brings by enabling broadband connection for passengers, airlines and crew. At Deutsche Telekom, we have proven our ability to build the best networks based on LTE technology. The adaptation of this technology for the skies above Europe is a pioneering work, which we have accomplished together with our partner Nokia.
LTE tower transmissions can be controlled, similar to that of a spotlight. For the ground component service, we point the LTE antennas upwards – into the sky.
Because aircraft fly at different altitudes and distances, we needed to develop a dedicated antenna with an optimized vertical gain pattern for the connection between the ground station and the aircraft.
To provide coverage in coastal areas and keep site-count low in low air-traffic areas, cell radii up to 150 km are required. This is handled by special algorithms designed by Nokia Bell Labs, in addition to LTE inherent mechanisms.
Aircraft speeds can reach 1200 km/h, which causes a phenomenon called the Doppler effect. This describes the shift in frequency at a receiver when the transmitter or receiver is moving. A normal LTE system cannot cope with this, but our ground system uses special algorithms to overcome the problem.
The European Aviation Network is the result of a unique collaboration between Deutsche Telekom and Inmarsat, as well as a number of other European partners.
For over 30 years Inmarsat has helped transform the aviation industry with leading cabin and cockpit solutions. Their expertise makes them the ideal partner to distribute the European Aviation Network to airlines. Please contact them for further information about this innovative, integrated satellite and LTE-based ground network: europeanaviationnetwork.com
Together with our partners, we connect people wherever they are, on the ground and in the air.