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DigEcor president talks candidly about legal spat

If you’ve tried to stay on top of the legal battle that has raged between rival portable in-flight entertainment (IFE) manufacturers DigEcor and e.Digital, then God Bless You. It has been a messy, multi-year spat that will culminate in a 4 May trial. I had the opportunity to speak with DigEcor president and COO Brad […]

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T-Mobile formally throws hat into in-flight connectivity ring

I received a lovely surprise this morning. Communications specialist T-Mobile and VT Miltope, ViaSat and TriaGnoSys have formally teamed to offer a Ku-band satellite broadband and GSM telephony service for air transport. We’ve known about this plan for some time, but now we have some details so let’s celebrate. With German-headquartered mobile phone operator T-Mobile […]

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VIDEO: Row 44 CEO on record from Hamburg

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VIDEO: Why the Hamburg Interior’s Expo is so important

Hello Runway Girl readers, I just pushed out a quick and dirty web cam video about the upcoming Hamburg Interior’s show.  It should be a great event. Just check out some of the IFE&C players that will be there.  

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Southwest: Row 44 is closing in on permanent authority

If you’ve been reading this blog, it comes as no surprise that Row 44 is closing in on permanent FCC authority. As reported here, the FCC recently granted Row 44 special temporary authority (STA) to operate up to twelve Aeronautical Mobile Satellite Service aircraft earth stations for testing, including in-flight testing. Now Southwest has confirmed […]

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A word about off-axis power density…

The other day I wrote a blog about Qest’s new Ku-band antenna system, the KuStream 1000, which is being developed in tandem with Tecom (BTW, the pairing’s new web site is now live). In that blog, I said ViaSat – which has expressed concerns about Row 44′s antenna-pointing accuracy – will need to show the […]

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Row 44 and a golden ticket

“Y’all are my first email from SWA Wifi.  It’s awesome! Speed is good. Customers obviously luv it.” And with that simple email to Southwest’s executive planning committee, company CEO Gary Kelly issued in a new era for the low-cost giant and the industry as a whole. Southwest, the carrier that has prided itself on offering the barest of […]

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Row 44 tries to quell concerns as fight for FCC approval rages

It’s Friday night and I’m combing through filings to the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC). I assure you that this activity does not top the list of things I’d like to be doing right now. But the sense of urgency in Row 44 and antenna maker AeroSat’s latest pleas to the regulator is palatable and […]

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VIDEO: News, views and a hot shot of that iPod sexy stuff

Amended to include update… The news moves pretty fast around these parts. US Airways has confirmed to its employees that it is looking at LiveTV’s live television system, in addition to Lumexis’ fibre-to-the-screen system. Remember LiveTV also currently offers a basic connectivity solution. It’s something to think about if you watch my latest vlogging effort below. Also, […]

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UPDATED: Row 44 could launch on Southwest this week

Updated to include Southwest comment… I’m hearing some industry rumblings that Row 44 this week could launch its in-flight Internet solution on Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 aircraft. And those industry rumblings appear to be true! Sort of. A Southwest spokeswoman has just revealed to me that airline staffers are beginning their own testing of the […]

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