Press Release
Press Release



Telenor and ARINC team up to offer mobile telephony services on board aircraft
Telenor and ARINC team up to offer mobile telephony services on board aircraft
Annapolis - April 5, 2005


Building on continued successful development of their in-flight mobile phone solution, ARINC Incorporated and Telenor today jointly unveiled AeroMobile™, the service that will soon make cellular calling a reality for passenger airlines.

The two companies are working closely with several potential airline customers and are readying demonstration flights with AeroMobile service in mid-2005.

“We are bringing to market a fully-defined mobile service ahead of any competitor,” stated Bernt Fanghol, Vice President, Mobile Connectivity, Telenor New Business.
“AeroMobile has the advantage in capturing the earliest opportunities for passenger mobile services in flight due to our developed terrestrial infrastructure, established international roaming agreements, and thoroughly tested onboard satellite communications systems. AeroMobile will deliver proven and reliable cellular calling, initially for passengers on long-haul flights, and later for users on regional flights and business aviation aircraft.”
“AeroMobile is targeting the earliest introduction of in-flight mobile calling,” stated David Coiley, ARINC director for Aircraft Mobile Connectivity.
“We were also first with a firm commitment from our technical partners, and first with a fully-defined product offering. Our public ground demonstrations in 2004 were highly successful and extremely well-received by the world’s airlines. Pending regulatory and certification approvals, we anticipate AeroMobile services to be available for airline passengers by Q4 of 2005.”
The AeroMobile system was recently deployed for aviation writers and airline executives who took a "virtual flight" from the comfort of Inmarsat’s London headquarters. The AeroMobile service was delivered via a standard Inmarsat satellite connection, authentically simulating actual passenger mobile calls and SMS at 30,000 feet. Guests placed and received calls on their own personal mobile cell phones to test the service.
“Uniquely, our AeroMobile inflight solution makes use of the existing Inmarsat avionics found on virtually all long-haul passenger aircraft,” continued Coiley. “AeroMobile will rapidly evolve to include data services and other enhancements as future Inmarsat Swift64 and SwiftBroadband services are deployed.”