We selected Alcatel-Lucent as a partner in the development of the ground network component due to their cutting-edge work in 4G LTE-based air-to-ground technology, and we are looking forward to partnering with them throughout the roll-out of this unique aviation service for Europe.”

Michel Combes, CEO Alcatel-Lucent, commented, “Innovation is a core element of our strategy, along with growth enabled by diversification into new, vertical areas where we can apply our technology leadership. The Air-to-Ground technology partnership with Inmarsat brings Alcatel-Lucent’s proven leadership and commitment to innovation to providing ultra-broadband communications services to the aviation market.”

Licenses for the satellite component of the network have been applied for in all EU Member States, and authorisation has already been received in 23 of these. The first ground component licenses have now been received, including from one of the big five EU Member States, and good progress has been made in a number of other Member States. The company is also in on-going discussions with a number of major airlines and other industry partners.