Skip to main content

See also:

AT&T is planning to launch in-flight Wi-Fi

Flying
FlyingPixabay/Free photo

The rumors that AT&T is planning to bring its high speed Wi-Fi to the sky are true. AT&T will be launching in-flight Wi-Fi service in 2015 reported Fox Business Network on April 29, 2014. AT&T has announced plans for a high-speed, LTE-based inflight Wi-Fi connectivity service for airlines and passengers in commercial, business and general aviation.

The new service by AT&T will provide inflight broadband for customers. This service will include fast Wi-Fi and in-flight entertainment. Improved connectivity solutions along with cockpit communications, maintenance operations and crew services are also planned as part of this service. In order to deliver this new service AT&T will develop an innovative air-to-ground network which is based on 4G LTE standards.

John Stankey, chief strategy officer at AT&T, has said in a statement that everyone wants access to high-speed, reliable mobile Internet service wherever they are at any time. This of course includes at 35,000 feet. Stankey says the firm is building on AT&T’s significant strengths to develop in-flight connectivity technology which is better than any other which exists at this time. By mobilizing the sky in this way AT&T plans to transform connectivity in the aviation industry.

Wi-Fi service which is presently available on airplanes is not very good reports CNN Money. AT&T is planning to significantly improve in-flight Wi-Fi. The firm is teaming with Honeywell's aerospace division to build an air-to-ground network. AT&T is planning to use the same 4G wireless technology and spectrum that it uses for smartphone communications for this new service. This is an exciting development which should make flying more enjoyable.

News of the planned improved in-flight Internet service by AT&T has shaken the foundations of Gogo which is presently a leader in offering this service reports Bloomberg Businessweek. Investors are now losing confidence in Gogo as news of competition from AT&T emerges. In recent years there has been spotty performance of in-flight Wi-Fi with pricing that does not appeal to most travelers. AT&T has plans to change all of this for the better.