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SOMEBODY is making money on in-flight connectivity

[Gently amended to add a few more names to the hardware list.]______________________________________________________________________________Commercial passenger connectivity “is here to stay”. And while L-Band aeronautical services are “clearly in the lead”, Ku-band broadband “is setting blistering pace for units and revenues”. So says Northern Sky Research in its latest satellite market report, which estimates that the global MSS […]

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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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Slingbox, Netflix successfully tested on Panasonic-fitted BBJ

If you’re among the industry execs who took a ride on 26 January on a Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) fitted with Panasonic Avionics’ Ku-band satellite-based in-flight broadband Internet system, then you already know that the carrier’s IPTV service, dubbed eXTV, is working like a charm.One of the happy passengers tells me that Slingbox, Netflix and […]

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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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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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#DXB09: The second coming? Nah, it’s EMS!

There I was, skipping down an aisle at the Dubai air show, and who should I spy but my friends at EMS. Hadn’t I just visited with these nice folks at WAEA in Palm Springs? Why yes, but we sat and a little chat anyways because, even in the heat of an air show, I’ve […]

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Gary Hebb on mesh: “My grandchildren might enjoy it.”

Do you remember when airborne antenna maker AeroSat said it was developing an in-flight Internet system based on an aircraft-to-aircraft relay communications system? Well, AeroSat is not the only firm that is interested. EMS, which provides darn near everything to an aircraft but the kitchen sink (see below) and, notably, is supplying the Ku-band antenna […]

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Need a Ku-band antenna? Check this out!

Wow, what a day for Ku-band satellite-based connectivity, eh? Lufthansa finally confirmed its partnership with Panasonic to reignite overseas connectivity, further catapulting Ku-band into the spotlight (after Southwest Airlines announced ut will equip its entire Boeing 737 domestic fleet with Row 44′s Ku solution). Indeed, Panasonic, like Aircell and Row 44 before it, can now lay claim to the illustrious […]

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Photos: The BBBs of in-flight TV

What is the biggest, baddest, best live satellite television system flying in the skies today? The answer, my friend, is JetBlue subsidiary LiveTV’s LTV3 platform, which is being installed across Continental Airlines’ Boeing domestic fleet. I scooted on down to LiveTV’s Melbourne, Florida-based facility last week to finally get some footage of LTV3, a bigger, better, […]

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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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