Siemens, Airbus partner for in-flight cell phones

Siemens today said it has signed a deal with aircraft manufacturer Airbus SAS to develop network gear that will enable passengers to use their mobile phones during flights. Siemens will provide a GSM-based system that Airbus will integrate with the electronics systems of its airplanes. The system will use an on-plane base station which will connect to a terrestrial GSM network via a satellite connection. The two companies plans to launch the in-flight cell phone system in 2006. No financial details of the partnership were released.

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