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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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Bombardier studies connectivity for…wait for it….the Q400!

Bombardier is quickly becoming known as an airframer that is committed to providing in-flight connectivity on its business and commercial aircraft, and is even eyeing connectivity for the Q400 turboprop. The Canadian company has partnered with ViaSat and EMS Aviation to offer a Ku-band satellite-supported high-speed Internet option on Global 5000 and Global 6000 aircraft. […]

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JetBlue days away from firming deal for Ka-band connectivity

By now you’ve no doubt heard that LiveTV is likely to be breaking out the bubbly after snagging a pretty significant deal with Continental to fit some 200 Boeing aircraft with Ka-band satellite-based connectivity (birds that happen to have LiveTV’s Ku-band supported in-flight live television service, the 95-channel LTV3). The deal falls on the heels […]

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Say what? Panasonic, ViaSat address Row 44′s claim

Last week Row 44 announced it has received approval from the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to operate over the Atlantic, and laid claim to the distinction of being “the only provider allowed to operate and charge for in-flight broadband connectivity on transatlantic flights”. If I may borrow a catchphrase from the late Gary Coleman’s […]

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JetBlue says it is NOT selling LiveTV

A report today that JetBlue and LiveTV are in serious negotiations over a LiveTV spin-off is……………..false, false and false, according to JetBlue. The New York-hubbed airline says it is not selling LiveTV. Indeed, perhaps more than ever, LiveTV is firmly ensconced in JetBlue’s family because the Melbourne, Florida-based subsidiary is the center-point for making Ka-band […]

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Top five most important IFEC moments of 2010

It’s that time of the year again, when we celebrate the achievements of the in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) industry over the last 12 months.Just as in 2008 and 2009, I’ve compiled my “top five most important IFEC moments” for 2010. Drum roll please….1)    Lufthansa re-launches in-flight high-speed Internet on overseas flights. The significance of […]

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UPDATE 1: A word about connectivity before I disconnect…

Updated to note that Southwest Airlines is now saying it will charge $5 for Wi-Fi regardless of device or flight (holy moly…what will this mean for Gogo pricing?) And yes, this update means that I had to have one more word. Arghghgh. The grip of SM addiction! BLOGI’m jumping off the grid for about 10 […]

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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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Podcast: JetBlue talks about that in-flight Internet deal!

We’ve got some fast podcast turnaround action from IAG’s Addison Schonland this morning, as he interviews JetBlue SVP marketing and commercial strategy Martin St. George about that massive announcement that the carrier is bringing Ka-band satellite-based connectivity to its entire fleet. Still need more details, though. Check it!http://iagblog.podomatic.com/entry/2010-09-22T08_20_45-07_00

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Exclusive: JetBlue to launch Ka-band in-flight Internet

Tomorrow morning JetBlue Airways will announce a groundbreaking new deal with ViaSat to bring Ka-band satellite-based connectivity – yes Ka – to its entire fleet of aircraft. You can read the story here first. If you’ve been following the saga of JetBlue connectivity you know this is a big deal. If you have been following […]

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