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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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UPDATE 1: Pricing for SwiftBroadband in-flight connectivity revealed

UPDATED to include the following comment from an industry source (which, in short, means the cost to airlines is far less). “The real cost for airlines is a lot different – unsurprisingly since a) there is no existing revenue to undermine and b) the volumes are drastically different. The current offer to key airlines (like […]

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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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Telenor snatches AeroMobile out of administration

Wow, a busy day today in the world of in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC). For starters, Southwest Airlines confirmed it has inked an equipment purchase deal with Row 44, and now AeroMobile is confirming its emergence from administration as a new wholly-owned subsidiary of Norway-based telecommunications giant Telenor Group (which owned the majority of AeroMobile […]

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We’re NOT dropping AeroMobile: Emirates

In a “dishy” blog post yesterday, I mentioned that speculation is rife that Emirates is considering dropping in-flight mobile phone provider AeroMobile, which was placed into administration in December. But Emirates responded this morning, effectively telling RWG that that particular plate is cold. Here is the key quote from Emirates’ Patrick Brannelly, who now holds […]

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Telenor’s gamble and Panasonic’s predicament

News that AeroMobile was placed into administration on 21 December has prompted many in the aviation world to ask: why?It’s a reasonable question. While the in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) landscape is littered with Dodo birds – firms that become extinct and then look rather clumsy and ludicrous when discussed in retrospect – AeroMobile seemed […]

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AeroMobile placed into administration

UPDATE: I’ve included a link to the BDO statement, and added some questions we need to think about. Before I begin this blog, I need to give a shout out to in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) news site AirFax.com, which today reported a “rumor central” tidbit that AeroMobile has been placed into administration, and linked […]

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AeroMobile gets huge penetration as it readies for transatlantic

AeroMobile is about to show the massive transatlantic market what its GSM/GPRS service is made of. The Arinc/Telenor partnership’s mobile connectivity solution, branded by Panasonic Avionics as eXphone, is part of the connectivity suite being provided by the IFEC giant to Lufthansa, which, by the way, is already making press arrangements for Monday’s big announcement. While […]

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An agenda for global Ku-band connectivity?

What is the Alliance for Passenger Connectivity, which boasts several members, including Arinc, AeroMobile, Panasonic, ViaSat, Rockwell Collins and others? The alliance’s web site says it is a “coalition of companies dedicated to enabling passengers and crew on board aircraft to stay connected while in flight” and that it will “also serve to aid regulators […]

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The man in the yellow suit wants to tell you something

Now you can fly and call! That’s the tagline for the new promotion being run by Malaysian Airlines, AeroMobile and DiGi, a leading mobile communications company in Malaysia. DiGi subscribers who roam abroad are offered a fixed rate for text. So AeroMobile worked with DiGi to make sure that passengers on aircraft equipped with the […]

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