Swedish telecoms equipment vendor LM Ericsson Telefon has unveiled a special GSM base station for aircraft, enabling up to 60 simultaneous in-flight calls and finally obviating the need for cabin crew to ask travelers to switch off their phones.
The new product is an adapted version of the RBS 2708 base station, adapted in size and antenna system for operating in planes. Calls will be over GSM from the phone to the base station, then over satellite from plane to ground, and then back over the normal GSM network from there on.
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