Skuku and TriaGnoSys to provide roaming-free, inflight GSM calls on commercial airlines

skuku-logoSkuku, an international communications company specializing in network based telephony solutions, announced that it has formed a partnership with the German company TriaGronoSys to provide the next generation of inflight GSM services for airline passengers, allowing them to avoid costly roaming charges while placing phone calls aboard commercial airlines.

By taking advantage of existing technology, including in-seat screens, seat-back phones and Internet connectivity, the new service will allow airlines to offer roaming-free voice and SMS functions to their passengers and will not require the installation of any onboard GSM equipment. The technology will be on display at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg from March 31-April 2 at TriaGnoSys’ booth, number 6C1.
“The TriaGnoSys/Skuku service will allow airlines, as well as business jet owners and operators, to exploit the technology they already have on their aircraft in order to provide an additional passenger service,” said Axel Jahn, Managing Director of TriaGnoSys. “The installation process is a simple software upgrade, bypassing the need for the expensive and time-consuming fitting of hardware. In addition, Skuku’s technology can easily be integrated into current generation IP-enabled IFE systems.”
Skuku’s technology uses SIM card data in ground-based GSM servers to provide roaming-free services for voice and instant messaging. TriaGnoSys, experts in aeronautical communication, has developed the software to enable Skuku to be used on aircraft.

“From the success of current inflight GSM services, it is clear that passengers want access to SMSs and voice calls during flights,” added Jahn. “This is a highly efficient way of providing that service.”
skuku-logoTo use the service, passengers simply insert their own SIM card into a SIM card reader. On aircraft with Internet connectivity, passengers can send and receive SMS messages using the IFE screen, while softphones can be used for voice calls. Seat-back phones can also be used to place and receive voice calls, in addition to Inmarsat and Iridium satellite phones.

“From the passengers’ perspective, using the Skuku/TriaGnoSys service is very similar to current inflight mobile phone services,” said Colin Blou, VP of Sales and Marketing at Skuku. “Passengers can continue to use their mobile number and contacts list, and they are billed through their normal bills at national rates, without having to pay costly roaming charges.”

Source: Skuku

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