Lufthansa’s 4G connections next year offer on European flights




Starting next year, it should be possible for passengers flying with Lufthansa to the internet on their mobile phones through 4g, supported by satellite. For the rigging of the network is invoked on the parent company of T-Mobile and satellite company Inmarsat.

The satellite company itself, the news announced on its website. The infrastructure for the compounds is provided via a combination of a ground network with 4g masts and a network of satellites. For that reason, Inmarsat and Deutsche Telekom, the parent company of T-Mobile partnered.

Deutsche Telekom will be concerned with the construction of masts 300 4g on the basis of the LTE technology which have a relatively large range of 80 kilometers, and are suitable for applying the compounds to the aircraft, despite the high speed. At heights from 3 kilometers go Inmarsat’s satellites make a contribution, as shown in the simplified picture is displayed.

European aircraft internet

Inmarsat itself says that switching between LTE masts and a satellite connection will not provide an interruption of the signal. Systems on board the aircraft should ensure that. The exact speed of the commandments connection is not fully understood, but in an interview with the Financial Times suggests Inmarsat that it is “tens of megabits per second.

The Internet connections must be available throughout the airspace of the European Union. Next summer, the network must be available; Lufthansa will have to test it. Short and medium European flights Internet connections are offered, although still unclear at what price. From 2017, the test program will be expanded and can also participate in other airlines.


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