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Ku-band connectivity hiccups cited by research firm

Having read my recent blog post, ‘SOMEBODY is making money on in-flight connectivity’, research firm Northern Sky Research (NSR) felt compelled to add a little color to its report about the Ku-band sector, and in so doing, dropped a few potential nuggets. Improperly installed antennas? Server overloads? Could this explain why some user experiences of […]

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Shhhhh. Gogo is testing a Ku-band antenna

Gogo, formerly known as Aircell, is quietly testing a Ku-band antenna at its Itasca, Illinois headquarters. I saw the AeroSat-manufactured antenna, hooked up to all sorts of test equipment, when I took a little tour of said headquarters yesterday following a press event during which Gogo unveiled its new multi-media platform and wireless IFE solution.Obviously, […]

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Row 44 takes Panasonic to task over FCC application

Panasonic Avionics’ application for US FCC authority to operate an aeronautical mobile satellite service earth station network in the Ku-band has made in-flight connectivity rival Row 44 rather hot under the collar. In what will surely give the industry a case of déjà vu (remember ViaSat’s long-running objection to Row 44′s application?), Row 44 is […]

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PHOTO: Under the Lufthansa blister lies a beautiful beast

The Mitsubishi MELCO Ku-band antenna fitted to 69 Lufthansa aircraft is considered a majestic masterpiece of engineering. But the antenna has a few quirks (one of the reasons why Lufthansa missed its late summer deadline for launching FlyNet in-flight high-speed Internet, and later a planned mid-November launch).Lufthansa showed off the MELCO antenna on 30 November […]

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Aircell reveals Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi equipage numbers

To use its own phraseology, Aircell is able to push out Gogo-equipped aircraft “like boxes of popcorn”. By the end of the year, the Chicago-headquartered firm will have retrofitted 1,067 aircraft with the in-flight Internet system, an increase of 372 aircraft over year-end 2009. Below, you’ll find the latest number of aircraft fitted with Gogo […]

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ViaSat and a golden ticket

Aircell has one. Row 44′s got one too. So does Panasonic Avionics. And now, lo, we have ViaSat, which has been awarded the coveted golden ticket for scoring a significant in-flight connectivity deal with JetBlue. Who willprove to be the triumphant Charlie Bucket, surviving the pitfalls ofthe high-speed connectivity factory? Time will tell. But it’s […]

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VIDEO: Thales IFE chief touts Ka-band in-flight connectivity

Thales uses Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband aeronautical service to bring connectivity to its latest generation in-flight entertainment system and to offer mobile and Wi-Fi solutions to carriers. But as the need for higher-bandwidth functionality grows (yes, we like our video streaming), Thales is prepared to evolve with the times, and is confident that Ka-band satellite-based in-flight connectivity […]

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UPDATE: Overhead bin problem bites Airbus

UPDATED to include comment from Airbus (see below). US Airways’ employee newsletter usually contains at least one or two juicy nuggets about the carrier that you won’t find anywhere else. This week, the airline reveals that the locks on the overhead bins of recently-delivered Airbus narrowbodies do not latch well, leading to lots of door […]

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Big badass antenna for Southwest Airlines’ fleet

Equipage of Southwest Airlines’ fleet with Row 44′s Ku-band satellite-based in-flight connectivity solution might not be happening as quickly as this Southwest frequent flyer would like (only one Boeing 737 is operating with the service), but it is happening, and this is the antenna that is playing a crucial role in that roll-out. Co-developed by […]

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UPDATE: Southwest turns on Wi-Fi on first non-test aircraft

Updated to include comment from Tecom (and a proper photo).Southwest Airlines has turned on in-flight Wi-Fi abroad its first non-test aircraft, RWG can reveal.In an internal email to employees, Southwest says: “Wi-Fi: It’s ON!” Aircraft N910WN, pictured above, is the first “official” Row 44-equipped Southwest aircraft, according to Southwest, which tested Row 44′s system on […]

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