Monday, June 13, 2005

Ericsson introduces GSM on Aircraft

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Ericsson introduces its newly developed system GSM on Aircraft,
allowing airplane passengers to use their mobile phones on board
commercial aircrafts.

Travelers of today demand full GSM access, also in flight. The demand
is to reach and to be reachable. The time has come now when mobile
phones also can and will be integrated into the commercial fleet of
airliners.

Ulf Ewaldsson, 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 the world's most sold
radio base station in the RBS 2000 family, the RBS 2708. The new
radio base station offers Ericsson state of the art quality and ease
of operation. Its functionally is identical to terrestrial systems
and it has a well-recognized reliability.

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.
Only a few special procedures will be required to operate this boost
to revenues.

Airlines will be able to offer an added-value service to their
passengers. The ordinary aircraft crew can handle the GSM on Aircraft
system, with a minimum of extra workload, and allow passengers to
place and receive calls when at cruising altitude.

Fully integrated with an Electromagnetic Screening Device (EMSD) and
housed in an Avionics standard enclosure of ARINC 600 type, the
equipment is easy to install and safe in operation: 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.

The system is available for installations late this year.

Ericsson is shaping the future of Mobile and Broadband Internet
communications through its continuous technology leadership.
Providing innovative solutions in more than 140 countries, Ericsson
is helping to create the most powerful communication companies in the
world.

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