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EUROPEAN AVIATION NETWORK

FIRST TRUE BROADBAND EXPERIENCE IN THE SKIES ABOVE EUROPE

EAN’S INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY MIX OUTSHINES SATELLITE-ONLY SOLUTIONS

  • SUPERIOR BANDWIDTH & CAPACITY
  • LOWEST LATENCY
  • FLEXIBLE SCALING & GROWTH
  • HIGHEST AVAILABILITY
  • LOWEST WEIGHT & DRAG
  • COST-EFFICIENT INSTALLATION

EAN: UNIQUE BENEFITS FOR AIRLINES AND PASSENGERs


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..

DISTINCT ADVANTAGES OF EAN COMPARED TO CLASSICAL SATELLITE

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.

EAN: UNIQUE BENEFITS FOR AIRLINES AND PASSENGERs

Bandwidth & Capacity
  • Highest possible bandwidth/capacity as focus is on aircraft only
  • > 75 Mbit/s peak rate to aircraft
Scaling
  • Complementary ground network easily scales with increasing traffic needs
  • Easy densification & sectorization of ground cell-sites
Latency
  • Short signal latency, typically <100 ms (20 – 70 ms)
  • All internet use cases possible (incl. gaming, VR, etc.)
System Availability
  • Integrated network provides seamless availability over land & water
  • Less complex equipment less prone to mechanical issues
Installation
  • Fast & low-impact installation during overnight breaks
  • Fleet installation turnaround within a few months
Weight & Drag
  • Small & light-weight antennas for both MSS and ACGC radio links with minimal impact on kerosene consumption
Aviation Exclusivity
  • Airlines on EAN do not share network capacity with any other industry or user-type and receive full capacity

Best Satellite-Only Solution (Europe regional)

Bandwidth & Capacity
  • Bandwidth/capacity shared with other users (non-aviation related like maritime and ground-based, e.g. rural customers)
Scaling
  • Satellite capacity can only be scaled by adding satellites
  • Only minor tweaks by re-arranging spot-beams possible
Latency
  • Ultra-long signal latency, typically >500 ms
  • Only limited internet use cases feasible
System Availability
  • Complex antenna technology with vulnerable moving parts lead to  availability of usually not higher than 90 %
Installation
  • Installation only possible during c-checks
  • Fleet installation turnaround measured in years
Weight & Drag
  • Typically large, cumbersome, heavy/prone to wear antennas with significant knock-on for kerosene consumption
Aviation Exclusivity
  • Capacity is shared with many non-aviation customers and user groups like maritime, agriculture or rural residential internet

EAN: A WORLD-LEADING NETWORK IS READY FOR TAKE OFF!

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!

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EAN behind-the-scenes: exclusive reports from roll-out to present-day!

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.

TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION AT ITS BEST!

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.

How do we bring LTE technology to the sky?

Point transmission upwards

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.

Optimize the antenna

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.

Increase cell radii to 150 km

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.

Compensate the Doppler effect

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.

EAN – THE RESULT OF A PIONEERING WORK

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.