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More connectivity clarity…this time from Aircell

How do different in-flight connectivity systems stack up against each other? Aircell, the business aviation communications unit of commercial provider Gogo, has provided the #bizav industry with a new handy dandy report. Please note that the peak speeds listed are just that – the peaks! All in-flight connectivity service providers are seeing speed valleys, including […]

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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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Bring It! Aircell confident as United trials Row 44

United Airlines’ decision to install Row 44′s Ku-band satellite-based in-flight connectivity system on its Boeing 757 testbed aircraft even as it offers Aircell’s Gogo air-to-ground (ATG) service on over a dozen 757s has prompted many an industry buff to weigh in…privately, as they are apt to do. One unnamed, untamed cookie, who clearly favors Aircell’s […]

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Confused about in-flight connectivity?

In-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) experts are well aware of all the connectivity options on the market and all the services that air-to-ground (ATG), L-band, Ku-band and Ka-band satellite-based solutions are capable of supporting. But what about everybody else? There is a lot of confusion out there. Helping to clarify the situation are connectivity stakeholders […]

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IMDC: Make in-flight connectivity suppliers accountable!

I just got off the phone with IMDC chief executive Wale Adepoju, who was kind enough to talk to me about what airlines need to consider when looking at bringing in-flight connectivity on board their aircraft. The entire interview with an eye-opener, so be sure to check out the January issue of Airline Business for […]

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Connexion by Boeing’s former king marketer uncensored

David Friedman used to be the king marketer at Boeing’s now-defunct satellite-based connectivity service Connexion. As VP, marketing and direct sales Friedman was responsible for product management, service evolution, pricing, distribution, sales, and promotional activities. Through his efforts, nearly 500,000 customers had the opportunity to use Connexion’s service in the first two years of operation […]

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Business jet connectivity options explode

Connectivity solutions that enable passengers to send and receive text messages and email, browse the Internet and make cell phone calls during flight are being adopted on a broad scale by airlines across the globe. But while commercial take-up of in-flight connectivity has dominated the headlines, business aviation also represents a viable growth sector for […]

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ViaSat’s blended ATG/L-band/Ku/Ka plan revealed

Well I guess these slides from ViaSat’s presentation at the WAEA meeting in Kuala Lumpur say it all.

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JetBlue to offer Oasis to passengers

My colleague Megan Kuhn, proprietor of the Terminal Q blog, has just written an interesting story for Air Transport Intelligence that I want to share with you. She writes that JetBlue intends to offer subsidiary LiveTV’s “broadband-like” in-flight connectivity offering, Oasis, to passengers. We’ve talked about Oasis’ cached content before. But it’s nice to see […]

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Voyant believes it can succeed in Europe where others failed

Media and technology holding company Voyant has identified at least 100MHz of unlicensed spectrum in all the regions where it hopes to offer air-to-ground (ATG) connectivity to airlines. That includes Europe, which abandoned one of the primary concepts for airborne voice telephony – the terrestrial flight telecommunications system (TFTS) – about a decade ago after […]

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