MACH and AeroMobile are to partner to support the deployment of the world's first in-flight mobile service, bringing MACH's expertise in financial and data clearing services and AeroMobile together in this venture to bring mobile roaming to the skies.
Emirates, one of the world's largest airlines with a state of the art fleet of aircraft, will be the first carrier to introduce the service.
AeroMobile's system works by installing a very low-powered base station on the aircraft to receive and transmit voice and data. The calls are linked to the ground using a satellite communications system installed on the plane.
Callers will be able to use the aircraft system if their mobile provider has a roaming agreement with AeroMobile. Once the aircraft is airborne and has reached the required altitude, passengers can simply switch their mobile phone on to take advantage of this innovative system.
Roaming in the air requires compliance with various legal and governmental regulations in countries over which the aircrafts fly, but it is also dependent on agreements with numerous mobile operators to accommodate the passengers' particular subscription.
AeroMobile chose to outsource the data and financial clearing and settlement with its network of roaming partners to MACH. This year, the company has already signed a number of roaming partnerships using MACH's services.
AeroMobile's service will allow mobile users to stay in touch with family, friends or colleagues using voice and text messaging. The cabin crew can also control the system and select operating modes which can be especially useful for overnight flights when the text only operation mode can be used to ensure the privacy of passengers.
The system on the aircraft controls the power output of all mobile phones down to a minimum level allowing their safe use on board the plane. The technology has been designed to be fully compliant with airworthiness requirements and ground telecommunications regulations.
AeroMobile is also in talks with a number of other major airlines to extend the service to passengers across the world.