Deutsche Telekom and Inmarsat have been awarded the prestigious German Innovation Award for their highly successful joint venture, the European Aviation Network (EAN).
EAN, the world’s first inflight broadband solution that combines dedicated satellite coverage with a complementary LTE-based ground network, was announced as the winner in the Aviation and Maritime Technologies category, during a recent ceremony in Berlin. The German Innovation Award was founded by the esteemed German Design Council and launched by German Parliament. Entries undergo a comprehensive evaluation that considers factors such as user benefits, economic feasibility, sustainability, technical quality and durability. Winners are therefore considered to be ‘best-of-the-best’ in their categories.
Judged by a panel of high profile experts from various German industries, EAN was commended for its exceptional performance and the potential of the network to positively influence the future of air travel. The win follows EAN also recently being named ‘Best Inflight Connectivity Innovation’ by the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX).
EAN is available to commercial airlines and business aviation aircraft across all 28 EU States as well as Norway and Switzerland. With the solution, passengers will experience high quality broadband in the skies and the increasingly congested European aviation industry can meet the accelerating demand of new data hungry generations.
EAN program leads David Fox of Deutsche Telekom and Stefan Magiera of Inmarsat received the award on behalf of the two companies at the German Technology Museum.
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