In-flight broadband internet access with LTE air-to-ground (A2G) solution
LTE-based broadband access provides best-in-class in flight passenger experience
The Nokia LTE A2G cellular-based system creates a direct link between the aircraft and the ground thereby eliminating the delay hop to a satellite. This approach enables highly desirable in-cabin high-speed internet services using Wi-Fi for always-on passengers.
Challenge: Differentiate with better in-flight passenger experience
Competition among carriers is fierce. Passengers expect 24/7 internet connectivity that’s equal to their experience with terrestrial Wi-Fi hotspots. Current short-haul and medium-haul continental flights use satellite-to-ground internet communications systems that are bulky, expensive, and have limited capacity, as well as high latency. What’s needed is a fast and seamless in-flight broadband access experience.
Solution: In-flight broadband access using LTE A2G for continental aircraft
Within the crowed airspace of continental travel, LTE A2G services are an effective and more affordable alternative to satellite-based systems. What’s more, airlines can build a competitive advantage by improving passenger experience through offering in-flight broadband internet, and infotainment services.
Better customer experience
In-flight true broadband passenger experience
Simpler, lighter, and less-expensive aircraft equipment compared to satellite systems
Roll-out and expand network capacity exactly where and when needed
LTE Optimized for A2G
A2G LTE complements satellite communications while providing unprecedented levels of performance for in-flight connectivity. Built upon off-the-shelf technology, the onboard aircraft equipment is modular and highly versatile. It includes one or two small antennas along with a compact and low-weight A2G On Board Unit (OBU) with a transceiver that acts as a hub and ground interface.
Secure, mission-critical architecture
LTE-based solutions use a mission-critical, all-IP architecture that provides the high availability required by airlines and their customers. This also allows operators to build a complete, highly cost effective end-to-end network, including core, backhaul, LTE Radio Access Network (RAN) and modem or end-user devices. What’s more, end-to-end quality of service, allows mission-critical services and passenger connectivity on the same infrastructure.