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Ericsson introduces its GSM system for aircrafts

Posted on 13-Jun-2005 23:59 | Filed under: News


New system GSM on Aircraft will allowi airplane passengers to use their mobile phones on board commercial aircrafts.

Ericsson believes travelers want full GSM access, also in flight. Ulf Ewladsson, Vice President Product Management GSM says: "GSM is the largest mobile communications standard in the world and is used in every country. Consumers demand coverage anytime and anywhere. This is why Ericsson now is making mobile telephony available on board aircrafts and ships."

Ericsson has developed an airborne version of a radio base station RBS 2708. Its functionally is identical to terrestrial systems. For the traditional Ericsson customers - the telecom operators - the RBS 2708 will be 'just another cell' in the network. An operator can manage this system just as they handle all other radio base stations.

The equipment is integrated with an Electromagnetic Screening Device (EMSD) and housed in an Avionics standard enclosure of ARINC 600 type, and according to the company not interfering with neither avionics nor terrestrial radio networks. The system offers up to 60 simultaneous calls and also offers dual band support as an option.

Frequent flyers must be already asking when will the airline companies offer "non-cell phone" flights? And who really wants to be in a trans-atlantic flight trying to sleep while the person in the next seat talks on the mobile phone?