Competition Appeal Tribunal rules comprehensively in favour of Ofcom’s EAN authorisation decision

Competition Appeal Tribunal rules comprehensively in favour of Ofcom’s EAN authorisation decision

December 7, 2018

 

The Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) in London today handed down its judgment dealing with ViaSat’s challenge to Ofcom’s January 2018 authorisation of Inmarsat’s UK complementary ground component (CGC) forming part of Inmarsat’s European Aviation Network (EAN). 

 

The Tribunal comprehensively found in favour of Ofcom and Inmarsat and determined that all of ViaSat's arguments failed. On that basis, the Tribunal dismissed ViaSat’s case.

 

The CGC authorisation granted by Ofcom to Inmarsat for the EAN system remains in full force and effect.

 

Rupert Pearce, CEO of Inmarsat: “We welcome today’s decision and look forward to the European Aviation Network delivering a world-class WiFi experience to airline passengers in the UK and throughout Europe.

 

“Today’s judgement clearly highlights the diligent work undertaken by Ofcom in the process by which they awarded the CGC authorisation to Inmarsat.

 

“EAN represents an outstanding technological innovation, which has taken years of hard work and commitment to deliver and I am delighted to say it will very shortly be available to passengers across Europe.” 

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