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Europe is getting fast and reliable in-flight Wi-Fi, you just have to wait till 2017

By dkpope
Sep 21, 2015
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  1. [parsehtml]<div class="video-container"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="390" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/uxUk9u_Ewws?rel=0&amp;showinfo=0&amp;modestbranding=1&amp;vq=hd720&amp;autohide=1" width="560"></iframe></div> <p>In the U.S., browsing Facebook and sending emails during a flight isn&rsquo;t that big of a deal anymore, but in-flight Wi-Fi in Europe is harder to get.</p> <p>That might change soon if a new partnership between UK satellite company Inmarsat and operator Deutsche Telekom gains traction. Today the two companies<a href="http://www.inmarsat.com/press-release/deutsche-telekom-and-inmarsat-partner-to-deliver-european-aviation-network/"> launched the European Aviation Network</a>, a system that combines LTE and satellite networks to give travelers high-speed internet in flights across the continent.</p> <p>This network won&rsquo;t be anything surprising to people in the US. Multi-beam satellites will use Inmarsat&rsquo;s 30MHz (2 x 15MHz) S-band spectrum to cover the 28 EU member states. And Deutsche Telekom will use 300 specially-modified LTE sites ranging up to 80 kilometers (normal masts offer around 10 kilometers) and can accommodate the speed of a plane.</p> <p>In the announcement, Tim H&ouml;ttges, CEO of Deutsche Telekom, said that they want to be the first to use the combination of LTE and satellite technology to bring connectivity to European airspace.</p> <p>Andy Sukawaty, Chairman of Inmarsat, added that the partnership will make each group stronger and allow them to &ldquo;deliver the fastest, best and most consistent in-flight broadband experience that meets the needs of airlines in this region.&rdquo;</p> <p>When can people in Europe expect to update Instagram mid-flight? Lufthansa is the first European airline to have a trial with the European Aviation Network -- and that will start in 2017. Before then Lufthansa&rsquo;s aircrafts will be updated with the equipment needed to connect to both the S-band satellite and the high-speed broadband ground network. Inmarsat says that the systems will switch automatically between the two to make sure passengers have consistent and fast Wi-Fi.</p><p><a rel='alternate' href='http://www.techspot.com/news/62180-europe-getting-fast-reliable-flight-wi-fi-you.html' target='_blank'>Permalink to story.</a></p><p class='permalink'><a rel='alternate' href='http://www.techspot.com/news/62180-europe-getting-fast-reliable-flight-wi-fi-you.html'>http://www.techspot.com/news/62180-europe-getting-fast-reliable-flight-wi-fi-you.html</a></p>[/parsehtml]
     

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