Viasat Inc. and Deutsche Telekom announced a new, long-term agreement that cements the companies' commitment to providing in-flight connectivity (IFC) solutions to airline partners across the European Aviation Network (EAN). EAN launched in 2019, powered by Deutsche Telekom and Inmarsat, a business recently acquired by Viasat. EAN combines S-band satellite coverage with a complementary ground component network operated by Deutsche Telekom.
EAN is a unique example of European technological and regulatory leadership, which allows travelers in Europe to benefit from an advanced IFC experience for most intra-European flights, including broadband services that support high bandwidth demanding applications such as streaming. Deutsche Telekom operates more than 300 EAN sites in 30 countries across Europe, providing substantial infrastructure across the continent. EAN uses small, low weight and low drag terminals, which can be installed on an aircraft in a matter of hours.
This provides substantial cost savings while supporting sustainability initiatives and carbon reduction. Since 2019, more than 140 million passengers have had the opportunity to connect in-flight through the EAN connectivity solution. Today, EAN is available on more than 290 aircraft across various airlines, including Iberia, British Airways, Vueling, and AEGEAN.