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WIRELESS: QUALCOMM and Connexion by Boeing to test in-flight mobile phone communications
Posted by Arne Hess - on Monday, 08.08.05 - 15:28:53 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 8689x
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QUALCOMM and Connexion by Boeing announced today that they are working together to test and demonstrate in-flight wireless communications aboard Connexion One, a specially equipped Boeing 737-400 aircraft.

The companies have performed a series of test flights that successfully demonstrated the simultaneous use of CDMA and GSM mobile phone technology over an on-board network with infrastructure and integration support from UTStarcom. Using standard cellular communications, a small in-cabin CDMA2000 and GSM "picocell," or small cellular base station, is connected to the worldwide terrestrial network by an air-to-ground satellite link provided by the Connexion by Boeing high-speed airborne network.

Passengers on the test flight were able to use BREW-based data applications via QUALCOMM's BREW solution. The BREW solution enables users to download business applications, 3D games, information and communication applications such as email and instant messenger wirelessly, over the air. Passengers also downloaded and watched video clips and made phone calls on a variety of mobile devices including 3G mobile phones. The data tests were conducted over CDMA2000 1X and CDMA2000 1xEV-DO and voice calls were made over CDMA2000 and GSM.

"According to an October 2004 report, CSP Associates estimates the penetration rate of mobile phones for passengers in the United States is approximately 70 percent and expected to rise to 90 percent in the next three years," said Paul Guckian, senior director of technology for QUALCOMM. "The cellphone is quickly becoming the most personal information and entertainment device today, and passengers want to make the best use of travel time by accessing business and entertainment applications while in-flight. QUALCOMM and Connexion by Boeing are cooperating to make this capability a reality"

"Connexion by Boeing is committed to providing evolutionary new wireless services that provide passengers with additional choices for how to communicate while airborne, while also providing air carriers with a competitive edge within in the industry," said David Friedman, vice president of marketing and direct sales for Connexion by Boeing. "What makes the Connexion system so unique is its capability to provide high-speed connectivity and entertainment services with a bandwidth that can support simultaneous data activity to a large number of passengers who board commercial aircrafts every day carrying mobile phones."

QUALCOMM and Connexion by Boeing will continue to perform research and development supporting the feasibility of in-flight mobile telephony and evaluate the potential for interference from multi-technology picocell networks and mobile phones to other aircraft systems and terrestrial networks.

Safety is a top priority and it is with this in mind that QUALCOMM and Connexion by Boeing have committed to research and testing to ensure there is no potential for interference with both aircraft systems and terrestrial networks. Working in close collaboration with Boeing Commercial Airplanes, the testing, which began in May 2005, will continue through September 2005.

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by Arne Hess on 08.08.05 - 15:44:40

OK, I can not leave this news alone without adding my comment! smile
To make it short: I'm not so amazed to get mobile phones working on aircrafts! Imagine you are in economy class, on the middle seat with left and right "important" business men making phone calls.
Either the airlines remove one toilet to make it a phone box or they should keep the mobile phones (for voice calls) banned! Data is fine, E-Mail is great, IM is even greater but please, don't make an aircraft a flying phone box!

Posted by tweedey on 07.07.06 - 23:01:55

yes i know as i am a pilot of a concort. i dont like it when the pessengers talk all the time when i am have ing to concentrate on my supersonic steering with the plane. i am also astronut and i talket often to the president of the usa (we are frients) that in the space it is too much radiation with the phones and it is too expensive. and when my accu was leer, i couldnt find i steckdouse in the ISS spece station.
well i find it good when the tecknology is going on, that is why i am gonna be a millionaire.

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