AeroMobile™ Chooses Picocell from ip.accessTM for New Inflight Mobile Phone Service
AeroMobile™ Chooses Picocell from ip.access™ for New Inflight Mobile Phone Service
Annapolis - April 5, 2005
AeroMobile has chosen miniature cellular base station technology
to offer passengers GSM mobile services on board aircrafts. Representatives
of ARINC Incorporated and Telenor today announced leading U.K.
technology firm ip.access has designed the world’s smallest
GSM picocell base station for use in their AeroMobile inflight
phone service, planned for operation later this year.
The new picocell, combined with a unique AeroMobile antenna,
will provide full cabin coverage for passengers to use their personal
GSM handsets. The AeroMobile antenna architecture allows increasing
functionality and capacity by adding picocells in the future.
“By building on our proven nanoBTS™ technology, AeroMobile
has assured its airline customers of complete system flexibility
well into the future,” stated Mark Pittick, ip.access Vice
President, Sales and Marketing. “nanoBTS meets industry
standards for use with GSM handsets, GPRS data, and IP and circuit-switched
“We selected ip.access as our in-cabin cell provider because
their nanoBTS offers the most compact, advanced design, and has
been proven in the market,” said Graham Lake, ARINC Vice
President, Europe, Middle East, and Africa. “ip.access is
the leading provider of GSM picocells worldwide, to operators
including T-Mobile in North America, Smart in the Philippines,
and Eurotel in the Czech Republic.”
AeroMobile in-flight GSM phone service can be controlled at all
times both from the ground and by flight personnel via a control
panel. The nanoBTS technology combined with the unique antenna
system assures passenger handsets will operate at minimum power,
eliminating the possibility of interference with aircraft systems.