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AT&T to challenge GoGo for in-flight Wi-Fi dominance

It looks as though in-flight internet providers will have some stiff competition come next year. AT&T this week announced that it has plans to launch its own in-flight Wi-Fi services beginning in late 2015. AT&T’s service will be based on the high-speed LTE standard, and will require a massive buildout of a new air-to-ground network across the continental U.S.
 
“Everyone wants access to high-speed, reliable mobile Internet wherever they are, including at 35,000 feet,” said John Stankey, AT&T’s Chief Strategy Officer. “We believe this will enable airlines and passengers to benefit from reliable high speeds and a better experience. We expect this service to transform connectivity in the aviation industry – we are truly mobilizing the sky.”
 
AT&T is also billing its LTE-based service as having the “potential for improved communications between the plane and the ground through transmission of real-time aircraft data for optimizing, monitoring and evolving airlines’ operations.” This seems like a pretty direct response to the tragic Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 incident.
 
AT&T is partnering with Honeywell to develop hardware and services for its in-flight Wi-Fi venture.
 
Seeing as how the service is still well over a year from being deployed, AT&T has yet to start talking about potential pricing for the service. Although it would be a kind gesture if AT&T would at least offer discounts on in-flight Wi-Fi for existing wireless customers (but we’re not holding our breath on that one).

Source: AT&T



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Sometimes it is nice...
By MrBlastman on 4/29/2014 11:35:51 AM , Rating: 2
... To lean back in your seat, waxing thoughts sublime, atop the clouds sky high. Free from the perils of performance, victim not of any deadline. For it is here you are your own hero; savior of your dreams.

The world is too fast. Everyone should try to slow down sometime. They might be pleasantly surprised with the results.




RE: Sometimes it is nice...
By kattanna on 4/29/2014 11:57:40 AM , Rating: 2
you know.. your phone/tablet/whatever.. has an OFF switch

it even works on the ground

;>)


RE: Sometimes it is nice...
By Cr0nJ0b on 4/29/2014 2:33:07 PM , Rating: 2
To me a plane is like a bus or the the subway, I use it to get around and to get to work, wherever I'm working. I like the convenience of being able to continue to conduct business while I'm in route. I don't use it all of the time, because I'm cheap and the are other priorities, but when I do have work that I need to get done, I appreciate that we have access anywhere and everywhere.

I also like the quiet and the time it gives me to reflect, but it's nice when you need it.


RE: Sometimes it is nice...
By wolrah on 4/29/2014 2:55:24 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I think that too all the time, how nice it would be to simply not be reachable for a period of time.

Then I realize how much more often it's the case that I find myself bored and looking for something to do, or lacking some piece of information which should be easy to look up, or having forgotten some important business document.

I then realize that given the choice between the landline era where you might have to involve multiple people over the course of a few hours to track down someone and interrupt them to get a 10 second response and now where a SMS can poof on to their phone pretty much anywhere in the world that they can respond to at their leisure, I'd take now without a second thought.

Given the choice between then when the rich homes might actually have a recent full encyclopedia set and the rest of us had to go to a library for general information versus now where practically everyone has access to most of the world's information if not in their pocket then at least at home, there's obviously no choice.

Basically I totally get the desire to disconnect from time to time, but I don't want to be forced to when a situation comes up that connectivity might be nice. I might have a really good idea while staring out the airplane window and want to research some things and/or chat with friends/colleagues about it.

The technology is neither good nor bad, how it's used is what matters. Some people are unable or unwilling to set proper boundaries for themselves and/or their employers, family, friends, etc. but that doesn't mean that the rest of us shouldn't have access to something useful.


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