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ViaSat to Row 44: Watch where you point that thing (and AeroSat’s revelation!)

Are you getting tired of all the “will they, won’t they, can they, should they” conversation about Row 44′s pending launch of in-flight Internet on Boeing 737s operated by Alaska Airlines and Southwest Airlines? That would be a shame because we’re just getting started. Okay, it’s clear that Row 44 is hell-bent to finally get […]

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News and views plus a flooze and vibrant hues

A lot of IFE&C&I (in-flight entertainment and connectivity and interiors) stuff is piling up around me and so a “news and views” blog is in order. Please excuse my made-up acronym. It is useful for this little exercise. Firstly, I’m delighted to report that I’ve received a number of answers in the affirmative to my 18 December question: “Can we […]

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Row 44 sees commercial trials within weeks; eyes the Thames

Despite the apparent obstacles facing Row 44, the firm is confident that commercial testing of its Ku band-based connectivity system will begin within weeks!!! In an interview with USA Today, Row 44 CEO John Guidon says: “We’ll be deploying in North America commercially in 2009. That means very heavy rollout. We’re already working with Southwest […]

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IFE&C news and rumour roundup (Dec 26)

Our IFE&C weekly news roundup is a little light on this the day after Christmas, but it’s not completely snow-flaky. HARD NEWS US Airways says that while it intends to trial in-flight Internet “at some point” it is not likely to do so anytime soon (hmmm, if this is the case can we assume that US […]

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JetBlue unit LiveTV writes FCC about Row 44 concerns

There’s no earthly way of knowing Which direction we are goingThere’s no knowing where we’re rowingOr which way the river’s flowing Is it raining?Is it snowing?Is a hurricane a blowing?   Why yes it is, Willy. Yes it is. LiveTV is urging the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to require Row 44 to clearly demonstrate […]

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Runway Girl is “Exhibit One” in ViaSat filings to FCC

It’s time like these that I wish there were more hours in the day. Times like what, weary RWG? Why don’t you just take those damn high heels off and start your weekend? Well, for starters, I just learned last night that I should be paying MUCH closer attention to the FCC’s public notice web site. Had […]

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A Thursday teaser…but it’s a good one

This afternoon I had a very enlightening conversation with ViaSat director of regulatory affairs Daryl Hunter concerning the firm’s objection to Row 44′s application to the FCC for a permanent AMSS license. I’m going to need a little bit of time to sort through this, but here’s a taste. Key quote: “We don’t believe Row 44 can […]

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ViaSat and others prove thorn in Row 44′s side; Alaska says test delayed

Alaska Airlines today revealed to RWG that it’s trial of Row 44′s Ku band-based connectivity service is “on hold” until early 2009. Plans had been in place for the carrier to test Row 44 on a single Boeing 737 around the October timeframe. An Alaska spokeswoman says the carrier remains fully committed to the trial. […]

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Yes Mary, it works…SpinVox looks skyward

The great thing about boundaries is that they force people to think of clever ways to overcome them. Take for example SpinVox, a technology company that turns voice messages into text and is now targeting US travellers, who are currently prohibited from using cellular-based voice services during flight. With SpinVox, passengers can continue to receive […]

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Required reading for the connectivity crowd – Row 44 submits FCC application

Movement is afoot on the satellite-based connectivity front. In-flight broadband provider Row 44, which notably secured agreements to trial its system on Alaska Airlines and Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 aircraft, has officially applied for Federal Communications Commission (FCC) authority to operate up to 1,000 technically-identical aeronautical-mobile satellite service (AMSS) transmit/receive earth stations (AMES) abroad commercial […]

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