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Use Case:

In-flight broadband internet access with LTE air-to-ground (A2G) solution

LTE-based broadband access provides best-in-class in flight passenger experience

The Nokia LTE A2G cellular-based system creates a direct link between the aircraft and the ground thereby eliminating the delay hop to a satellite. This approach enables highly desirable in-cabin high-speed internet services using Wi-Fi for always-on passengers.

Challenge: Differentiate with better in-flight passenger experience

Competition among carriers is fierce. Passengers expect 24/7 internet connectivity that’s equal to their experience with terrestrial Wi-Fi hotspots. Current short-haul and medium-haul continental flights use satellite-to-ground internet communications systems that are bulky, expensive, and have limited capacity, as well as high latency. What’s needed is a fast and seamless in-flight broadband access experience.

Solution: In-flight broadband access using LTE A2G for continental aircraft

Within the crowed airspace of continental travel, LTE A2G services are an effective and more affordable alternative to satellite-based systems. What’s more, airlines can build a competitive advantage by improving passenger experience through offering in-flight broadband internet, and infotainment services.

Better customer experience


In-flight true broadband passenger experience



Simpler, lighter, and less-expensive aircraft equipment compared to satellite systems

Flexible deployment


Roll-out and expand network capacity exactly where and when needed

The innovative Nokia LTE A2G solution allows airlines to offer passengers access to online services using their own devices with reliability and speeds previously only available on the ground. Because the live connection allows the transfer of information at any time, leisure travelers can enjoy live TV on flights while business passengers can use advanced services like video conferences.

LTE Optimized for A2G

A2G LTE complements satellite communications while providing unprecedented levels of performance for in-flight connectivity. Built upon off-the-shelf technology, the onboard aircraft equipment is modular and highly versatile. It includes one or two small antennas along with a compact and low-weight A2G On Board Unit (OBU) with a transceiver that acts as a hub and ground interface.

Secure, mission-critical architecture

LTE-based solutions use a mission-critical, all-IP architecture that provides the high availability required by airlines and their customers. This also allows operators to build a complete, highly cost effective end-to-end network, including core, backhaul, LTE Radio Access Network (RAN) and modem or end-user devices. What’s more, end-to-end quality of service, allows mission-critical services and passenger connectivity on the same infrastructure.

Offer broadband access for airline passengers and operations

Air travel is on the rise and the pressure is on for carriers to capture market share and optimize operating costs. This is where fast and seamless in-flight broadband access can make all the difference. Connectivity services enabled by the Nokia LTE A2G solution deliver the performance gains essential for improved in-flight passenger experience, as well as cost-savings and deployment flexibility.

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