SmartSky adopts CommAgility software for ATG network
SmartSky Networks has selected Wireless Telecom Group’s CommAgility telecommunications systems software as a key component of its next-generation air-to-ground (ATG) in-flight connectivity network. The software and tools will give SmartSky a full protocol stack and physical layer (PHY) for its Aircraft Base Radio (ABR), which is the User Equipment (UE) on board the aircraft. The ABR connects to a ground base station and provides broadband in-flight connectivity for the aircraft, passengers and crew.
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In-flight connectivity systems must meet ATG communications challenges such as long range transmission and Doppler shift, caused by high altitude, high speed air travel. Thus CommAgility has customized its software to meet specific SmartSky requirements. For the SmartSky EU, CommAgility provided its MobilePHY-TI and MobileSTACK software, as well as development tools and test software.
“We combine the best telecommunications technologies to provide the optimal airborne communications network. We enhance standards-based 4G LTE and 5G technologies into an integrated system designed to deliver high bandwidth and reliable performance at short and long range, in the most difficult mobility use case – aviation ”, said David Claassen, CTO at SmartSky Networks.