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October 9, 2015

Alcatel-Lucent joins flight plan for sky wi-fi

News: Networking company will add LTE technology to world-first airline wireless network.

By Alexander Sword

Alcatel-Lucent signed a contract with Deutsche Telekom to provide LTE technology to a network bringing internet connectivity to airlines.

The networking company will work alongside the German operator and satellite operator Inmarsat to provide a network that merges an LTE ground network with satellite connectivity.

Passengers will be able to use personal mobile devices with wi-fi enabled to enjoy data access with a seamless handover between the LTE ground network nd the satellite network.

Alcatel-Lucent will provide radios and IP mobile core to the mix.

Deutsche Telekom and Inmarsat have previously conducted tests of the technology, with a test flight program planned for the hybrid LTE and satellite network in 2017.

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