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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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Come on Delta, you’ve got competition!

Readers of this blog knew a week ago that United-Continental was planning fleet-wide connectivity, and had tapped Panasonic Avionics for a portion of the business. But it was still great to see confirmation of the news today from the horse’s mouth as well as some precious details about the mammoth deal, which calls for the […]

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UPDATE 2: Panasonic wins massive in-flight Wi-Fi deal with United

UPDATED to note that LiveTV is still the Ka-band connectivity supplier for United-Continental’s domestic Continental fleet. Also, United-Continental says it will offer Wi-Fi across its ENTIRE mainline fleet. With Panasonic winning United’s business (and LiveTV retaining the Continental contract), the United States domestic market has four connectivity providers – Gogo, Row 44, LiveTV and Panasonic. […]

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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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FaceBook campaign wants United to offer Wi-Fi fleet-wide!

“United is the only major airline without WiFi. United for WiFi is a grassroots effort aimed at bringing inflight internet to United Airlines. We run the gamut from business professionals to casual flyers and we need our internet 10,000 feet up!” So says the new FaceBook campaign aimed at convincing United to go fleet-wide with […]

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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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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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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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