assigned an international numbering code that will be used by the inflight
passengers communications company OnAir, in order to offer an inflight mobile
first time passengers will be able to benefit from being able to use their
mobile phones and PDAs’ GSM and GPRS functionality while inflight. The service
will be available to all subscribers with roaming contracts.
ITU-T E.164 number code is required in order to route subscribers’ calls and
data to/from the passengers’ home networks. In addition ITU-T has assigned to OnAir a shared mobile country code
(MCC), and network code (MNC). The MCC is part of the international mobile
subscriber identity (IMSI) number, which uniquely identifies a particular
subscriber, and is stored on a user’s SIM card. These numbers are assigned
according to ITU-T Recommendation E.212.
will trial the service, an initiative by OnAir, a joint venture with Airbus and
equipment developed by Airbus, with its partners, for OnAir will use existing
technology but will have to gain an airworthiness certificate and telecoms
regulatory approval before its launch.
service will be available on both long- or short-haul fleets and on both Airbus
and Boeing aircraft. OnAir sources said that it is mainly business passengers
that have led the demand for the service.
system comprises of pico cells on board, connected via a satellite link to a
ground GSM/GPRS roaming platform.